Motorcycle Industry Association announces a new motorcycle & scooter anti-theft security rating programme

Working with the support of the major motorcycle manufacturers, the Motorcycle Industry Association has today announced 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.

Proposals were presented today (June 6th, 2018) at the Home Office. The new initiative has been developed in response to the rise in motorcycle and scooter theft and the significant increase in scooters being used to enable further crime, which has been a particular problem in London.

The new rating scheme will be known as ‘MCIA Secured’.  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
  • Immobiliser
  • Alarm
  • Tracking device
  • MASTER Security System

This programme incorporates the MASTER Security Scheme launched in 2013. Since the introduction of the MASTER Scheme, large capacity machines fitted with its forensic technology are now six times less likely to be stolen compared to machines that are not included on the MASTER programme.    

Locks, Chains, Covers
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 inclusive part of this initiative.  

Which manufacturers will be on the programme?  
The MCIA, through its board of directors, has worked closely to create the programme and anticipates that all major manufacturers will join the scheme. The MCIA represents those companies that account for over 94% of the new motorcycle and scooter market in the UK.    

MCIA CEO Tony Campbell said:
“The market has suffered damage especially in London, many riders have chosen to give up on using a motorcycle or scooter due to repeated theft. MCIA Secured will recognise the efforts manufacturers have made up until now but also encourage the inclusion and further development of new technologies as they come available.” 

“As an industry, we have been working closely with the Home Office and all other stakeholders in order to reduce crime involving motorcycles & scooters, adding additional security in layers and raising awareness to the riders will help but, we are calling for local government to improve secure parking and more recognition for the users of powered two wheelers within planning and transport policy”. 

“Even considering the increase in theft and crime, the number of people opting to use a motorcycle and scooter has been rising over the past 20 years, we believe by introducing this new scheme highlighting which anti-theft devices are fitted as standard will help the customer make more informed choices and raise awareness of the importance of protecting their motorcycle or scooter from criminals”.       

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins said:
“I welcome the MCIA Secured programme, which demonstrates that our industry partners are playing their part in tackling crimes involving motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.
“The Home Office recognises that this is a complex issue with no one quick fix, which is why last September we brought together government departments, the police, industry and civil partners to work together to develop a plan to prevent these crimes and keep the public safe.
“I would urge everyone buying a motorcycle, moped or scooter to consult MCIA Secured programme when purchasing their vehicles.”
Detail / Notes to Editors
Home office ministers brought government departments, motorcycle and insurance industry leaders, the police, local government agencies, charities and representatives from the motorcycle riding community together last September, to have a full and open discussion about the nature and scale of these crimes, and what more can be done to prevent offending and keep the public safe.  
In January Ministers brought partners back together to review the progress being made. Positive developments have been achieved in a number of areas including: addressing gaps in the evidence about the nature and scale of these crimes; improving understanding of offender motivations and identifying opportunities for early interventions to prevent young people being drawn into this type of crime; exploring more secure parking facilities and looking at the security on powered two-wheeled vehicles to prevent their theft and use in further crimes; ensuring that sentences reflect the full impact these crimes have on victims and the wider community.
In May the Home Office announced a consultation on police pursuits. The proposed plans will introduce a new separate legal test for police officers facing charges of careless and dangerous driving.
The test would require: 

an officer to drive to the standard of a careful and competent police driver of a similar level of training and skill

that the driving tactics employed, including any exemptions from road traffic legislation, such as speed limits, or contact with a suspect vehicle, are authorised appropriately and are both necessary and proportionate 

The Government will also make clear in law that a suspect is responsible for their own decision to drive dangerously and that blame should not be attached to the pursuing officer.

The MCIA Secured programme will be rolled out during 2018 and it is not expected to have a detrimental impact on retail prices. MCIA will be however challenging the Insurance Industry to recognise the programme in order to lower insurance premiums for those models which achieve higher ratings on the programme.

MCIA Secured will only recognise security devices which meet either Type Approval regulations or are Thatcham tested, depending on whether they are fitted by dealers or supplied and fitted as standard. Over time, the programme will evolve as new anti-theft technologies are introduced onto products.