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MCI Challenges Poor Mini-bike Standards - July 25th 2006

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    In the wake of public concern about the problems of mini bikes, MCI has teamed up with VOSA and Trading Standards to work on a range of initiatives to tackle the problem of poor quality Far Eastern mini bikes which are flooding the UK market.

    The three organisations are identifying ways of removing poor quality, unsafe mini-bikes, from the UK market and driving up quality standards to protect the public. The Trading Standards Officers reported that a number of mini-bike importers had voluntarily surrendered their stocks to Trading Standards for destruction, and details of examples can be found at the following EU Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX) web address:

    The MCI and its members are concerned that the proliferation of mini-bikes is causing a public nuisance and is a safety hazard, both as a result of improper use and due to the poor quality of many of the products on offer. In the Association's view these products and their misuse are damaging the image of motorcycling and calls upon dealers to help improve the situation.

    Most dealers are very aware of the problems being caused by mini-bikes, but it is important that they are aware of the vigorous action being taken by both Trading Standards and VOSA and recognise that they have a role to play too.

    Tom Waterer MCI's Technical Director said, "Dealers who may be considering joining the mini-bike band wagon should consider carefully their quality and after sales support being offered.. They should also always remind customers that they can only be used on private property with the permission of the owner."