Although PTW theft, and connected criminal activity, was headline news during 2018, the portable nature of PTWs has always made them relatively easy targets for thieves.
In response to this, we have introduced MCIA Secured, a ‘star rating’ programme, designed to recognise and highlight to buyers which anti-theft devices are fitted or supplied as standard on new motorcycles and scooters.
It is anticipated that buyers will take the MCIA Secured rating of new PTWs into consideration as part of their buying decision and that the starred categories will evolve in line with new security technologies.
For all participating manufacturers, each model within its range will be scored against the programme criteria and awarded a star for each layer of security fitted as standard, to a maximum of 5 Stars, this will include the following device categories:
- Steering lock
- Tracking device
- Datatag forensic marking system
Scooters and motorcycles of 125cc or less are covered by the parallel MCIA Secured Light Bike programme, which allocates a maximum of three stars for the fitment of steering lock, immobiliser and Datatag.
Locks and other types of physical security will not be included within the programme although participating manufacturers will be required to ensure their franchised retailers offer locks and other types of security devices at the point of sale as an extension of this initiative.
The Route to Tomorrow’s Journeys: Powered Light Vehicles – Practical, Efficient & Safe Transport for All
With our roads becoming increasingly congested and the quality of the air that we breathe declining, the efficient transport of people and goods is a major challenge for today’s society.
Therefore, with support from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, the MCIA has developed a policy to put low and zero-emission PTWs and other L-Category vehicles (collectively referred to as Powered Light Vehicles, or PLVs) at the heart of the solution.
Entitled The Route to Tomorrow’s Journeys: Powered Light Vehicles – Practical, Efficient & Safe Transport for All, the policy focusses on the ways that PLVs have a major role to play in future urban transport. They are especially relevant where single-occupancy cars and low-utilisation commercial vehicles can no longer be accommodated and walking, cycling or public transport are not viable options.
The policy, which will be launched on 26th June 2019, calls on all sides to facilitate this change and examines elements including the right vehicle for the right journey, road safety in line with the Safe Systems approach, infrastructure utilisation.
The policy document is now available to download here.
MCIA Ride is the umbrella for the MCIA’s rider training and safety programmes, designed to help first time riders and veterans who want to improve their skills alike.
MCIA Ride Approved is an Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) approved training and assessment programme for Approved Training Bodies (ATBs) and their instructors, which is fully endorsed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
MCIA Ride Approved was developed to ensure that those experiencing riding for the first time or improving their skills, enjoy consistent, high-quality service and training standards.
MCIA Ride Approved accreditation provides a way for professional training schools to differentiate themselves and a system of signposting for customers looking for benchmarked motorcycle instruction.
Ongoing improvements to the standard of rider training is key to increasing the safety of motorcyclists and for providing reassurance to those turning to PTWs for both leisure and commuting use.
The DVSA is committed to modernising rider training and the adoption of a more 'client centred' approach. MCIA Ride Approved provides the mechanism for the training industry to increase its professionalism and effectiveness without the threat of legislation.
For more information about MCIA Ride, click here.
Buy with Confidence
The MCIA's Buy with Confidence Programme has been developed to provide peace of mind to customers purchasing a new motorcycle, scooter or moped manufactured or imported by a Member of the MCIA.
A Code of Practice sets minimum standards customers should expect when purchasing a new machine and the after sales support provided.
It gives assurances that:
- Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds have received the proper safety checks, are fit for purpose and match the expectations set by pre-sales advertising
- Member manufacturers and importers will meet all the obligations contained in the MCIA's Code of Practice, as a minimum standard
If a dispute should occur, there is a complaints process and if necessary an independent CTSI approved Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service which can conciliate to draw matters to a conclusion.
Participation within the Buy with Confidence programme is a mandatory requirement for all manufacturing and importing Members.
Motorcycle Theft Prevention
The MCIA has been working closely with the Met Police, The Mayor’s Office, Transport for London and other authorities, to help tackle Motorcycle and Scooter theft in the capital and elsewhere.
In addition to the newly announced MCIA Secured Scheme, representatives from the MCIA, member companies and the Metropolitan and City of London Police, engage in an annual “Day of Action”, where central London’s commuting riders are questioned about their security routine and urged to ‘Lock, Chain and Cover’ their scooters, mopeds and motorcycles to make them less visible to thieves.
As part of this initiative, riders are given a bike cover, which is an effective part of a multi-layered security approach.
Contact us for more information about this campaign and how to get involved.