New BIA board
The BIA held its AGM on 18th of Jan in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under.
Dave Mohr from FE Sports was elected as the newest member of the board, bringing extensive experience from the bicycle, logistics and automotive industry.
Dave joins current members Matt Bazzano (Shimano), Martin Clucas (Giant), Dave Evans (SRAM), Graeme Moffett (Pon) and Sam Salter (Bike Exchange).
If you have any comments or questions regarding the BIA and its activities, please do not hesitate to contact he office or speak to one of the board members.
Thank you Andrew McEwin and Neelesh Mehta
Andrew McEwin (Bicycle Parts Wholesale), 7 years on the board (chair 2014-15) and Neelesh Mehta (Bikecorp), 3 years on the board (chair 2016-17) stepped down as members of the BIA board on the recent AGM in Adelaide.
Both Andrew and Neelesh have provided significant direction and leadership to the BIA and we thank them for their contribution.
It is through the leadership of the individual members of the BIA board that the industry gains the greatest benefit.
Proposed changes to Qld e-bike legislation
On Friday the 19th of January 2018, the Qld Dept of Transport and Main Roads released draft legislation relating to the sale and use of e-bikes in Qld.
If adopted, the changes will effectively ban the use of all 200w twist and go (throttle only) e-bikes, and is to be implemented prior to this years Commonwealth Games which commence on the 4th of April.
The BIA has provided feedback on the possible impact of these changes and will meet with Dept officials on Thursday the 15th to discuss the impact.
BIA members can access the proposed changes here
Which helmets can be used in Cycling Australia races?
On Tuesday the 18th of January, Penrith Cycling Club announced to their members that on direction from Cycling Australia, only helmets with a SAI '5 ticks' certification sticker would be allowed to be used in national, state and club races. This position banned the use of any helmets tested by BSI.
The facebook post can be seen here
There are currently four private companies, including SAI, in Australia registered to test and certify helmets to Australian standards. (SAI is currently owned by a private equity firm based in Hong Kong).
The BIA is working with Cycling Australia to clarify this policy and ensure it reflects current national road laws and individual clubs have a clear and accurate understanding of their responsibilities relating to bicycle helmets.
Low value goods bill - Productivity commission review
The Productivity Commission review of the implementation of the Low Value Import threshold was released on the 9th of November 2017.
The Productivity Commission report concluded;
The legislated model should improve tax neutrality between imported and domestically retailed low value goods, and avoid major disruption for consumers when importing goods.
Foreign suppliers will incur significant costs in complying with the legislated model and, as under any collection model, consumers will face higher prices.
Other models have been proposed, however, their efficacy is untested and they would not be ready for deployment by mid-2018.
Given the decision to collect GST on low value imported goods and the current limitations of alternatives, the legislated model is the most feasible at this time.
The report supports - From 1 July 2018, the legislation will require suppliers, online marketplaces and re-deliverers with an Australian GST turnover of $75,000 or more to register, charge, report and remit GST on sales of low value imported goods to consumers in Australia (vendor collection model).
The report can be found here
Current bicycle import figures
The final quarter imports for the 2017 calendar year improved the overall import figure reaching 1,227,197 bicycles for the year.
This was a 10% increase on the 2016 calendar year.
Imports figures can be found here.