Working with the support of the major motorcycle manufacturers, the Motorcycle Industry Association has today announced a ‘star rating’ programme.

It is 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 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.

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.” ­­­

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
  • Tracker
  • 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.