The problem of motorcycle theft, the effect of new legislation and how members can prevent losing out to less well supported product were all on the agenda at this year’s Annual Member Conference – or more specifically what the MCI is doing about these issues.
Members were given a review of MCI action over the past twelve months, organised into three categories: ongoing work and developments, MCI initiatives, and MCI member facing initiatives. New initiatives for 2012 included the Buy With Confidence Scheme, MASTER Security Scheme, the Motorcycle Policy Framework, the newly launched Wheels to Work Association as well as the MCI Contact Centre. Another new initiative was the two day event to raise the profile of off-road sport -Motorcycle Off-Road Experience - which will be repeated in 2013.
Ongoing developments include an assessment of the impact of E10 fuel on older motorcycles, plus work on interpretation of legislative changes in 3DLD,and Type Approval. Engagement with the Test Review has resulted in some improvements to the testing regime and further links with Parliament were boosted during 2012 by the All Party Motorcycling Group. Acting CEO Steve Kenward explained to members at the conference how relationships made with MPs are beginning to benefit the industry’s position as a credible stakeholder in transport issues. The eMCI
continued to mature during 2012, with some strong players now involved in producing and promoting electric PTWs. Member facing initiatives included improvements to special member groups, which have been well received this year, evidenced by positive recognition in the recent member survey. New networking and knowledge sharing opportunities were also welcomed by members this past year, in the form of Industry Day, breakfast meetings and the well attended industry social evening, which took place during Motorcycle Live.