A meeting of All India Cycle Manufacturers Association (AICMA), United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association( UCPMA) and Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) was held on Saturday at the exhibition ground of Government College for Girls. The proposed mandatory GOI quality control order in the manufacturing of bicycles and its implications on the poor users, sellers and small industries was discussed.
Members expressed concern about how the implementation of the order would leave small dealers at the mercy of enforcement authorities for compliance of registration, testing, calling information, sudden inspections, search and seize as well as result in harassment to bicycle-related MSMEs.
They also emphasised how a bicycle is neither covered under the Motor Vehicle Act nor requires to registered. They raised concern over cycle-related accidents due to non-availability of separate/safe tracks/lanes for cyclists, as is required to be provided by governments as per the Indian Road Congress (IRC) code -11,1962.
The association has decided to take up this issue with the Ministry of Road Transport, GOI.