Sale of substandard safety equipment stopped in Suffolk

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Over 350 items of motorcycle protective clothing were removed from sale at Copdock Bike Show after Trading Standards deemed the products potentially dangerous.

Motorcycle gloves removed from sale by Suffolk Trading StandardsOfficers visited stallholders at the show held on Sunday, 4 September, at Trinity Park to carry out on-the-spot inspections, which led to the discovery of six retailers selling motorcycle Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that did not comply with safety legislation.

These sellers were subsequently issued with withdrawal notices, meaning they cannot legally sell their products until PPE regulations are met.

A total of 323 pairs of jeans with knee protectors, 15 full leather body suits and ten pairs of gloves with knuckle protectors were stopped from being sold because of failure to supply instruction booklets or correct labelling. In addition, six jackets were withdrawn from sale for not including vital impact protectors to help safeguard riders.

Out of the 15 stalls visited, no issues were found with motorcycle clothing on sale from nine traders.

One of the inspecting officers from Suffolk Trading Standards, Becca Grey, commented:

“Suffolk Trading Standards issued guidance to stallholders in the weeks before the show to help make them aware of their responsibilities when selling PPE. Many were grateful for this advice and our work in stopping non-compliant products from being on the market.

“Visitors to the show also welcomed our presence, commenting that it was the first time they had ever received information on what to look out for when buying motorcycle clothing to ensure it could offer adequate protection.”

Councillor Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, added:

“Protecting motorcyclists in Suffolk remains a priority for our council and I am immensely grateful to Trading Standards for reducing the risk of harm to riders by preventing them from buying dangerous protective equipment that did not contain the necessary labelling or proof that it met required standards.

“I would also like to thank the Copdock Bike Show’s organiser, Ade Smith, for enabling our attendance and working with our officers to help get important safety messaging out both before the event and on the day.”

All new motorcycle clothing placed on the market in the UK after 2018 should display a rating indicating how protective it could be in the event of a crash and a label showing it has been certified to EN17092. The EN17092 certification is divided into four classifications to help riders decide which equipment is most suitable for their needs:

  • AAA – The highest level of protection specified by the standard
  • AA – More suited for touring gear
  • A – Used for urban riding and includes impact protectors
  • B – Also deemed suitable for urban riding but comes without impact protectors

Consumers concerned about the safety of their motorcycle PPE should stop using it immediately and report the retailer to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 113.