From the monthly archives:

February 2011

MIC sends 135,000 messages from riders, and 3,000 from powersports professionals urging an end to the lead ban

From MIC:

Washington D.C., Feb. 25, 2011 Today, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) delivered more than 3,000 letters to Congress signed by motorcycle industry professionals that have had their livelihoods impacted by the lead content provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The MIC collected letters that were signed by dealership personnel, owners, and show exhibitors at the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 18-20. The MIC also initiated a nationwide grassroots effort last week that has resulted in more than 135,000 email messages and faxes sent from enthusiasts to Members of Congress urging them to stop the ban on youth all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes. The effort continues at www.stopthebannow.com.

“The final push to stop the ban on youth ATVs and dirt bikes in on,” said Paul Vitrano, general counsel of the MIC. “We believe that Congress is set to act to permanently address this issue by amending the CPSIA this year. In fact, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing to review the unintended consequences of CPSIA on February 17. It is clear that Congress is responding to two years of persistent efforts, but now is not the time to let up.”

The letters collected in Indianapolis were delivered to Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and to Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The CPSIA’s lead provisions, which require products primarily intended for children age 12 and under to meet stringent lead limits, unintentionally banned youth model ATVs and dirt bikes. The letters, emails and faxes urge Congress to stop the ban by either lowering the age range of “children’s products” to age 6 and under or granting a categorical exemption for youth ATVs and motorcycles, as provided in Representative Denny Rehberg’s bill, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, (H.R. 412).

“It is clear that the lead content in youth off-highway vehicles poses no risk to kids. In fact everyone, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, agrees that the real safety issue is that kids are now at risk because the availability of youth ATVs and motorcycles is limited due to the lead ban,” Vitrano concluded. “Members of Congress have heard from powersports enthusiasts and industry. Now, they are ready to act.”

Please visit www.stopthebannow.com to have your voice heard and for background information, FAQs, and public outreach tools for the Stop The Ban campaign.

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment firms, media companies and consultants.
The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

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MSF Naturalistic Study Under Way

by JeffFebruary 24, 2011 News

From the MSF: INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 18, 2011 – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study is progressing on schedule, according to key milestone accomplishments: All study documents have been completed and are currently under review by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) internal Institutional Review Board; The three study locations have been selected: [...]

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Riders’ Rights flouting in Georgia is opposed

by JeffFebruary 24, 2011 News

From the AMA: The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is urging riders nationwide to contact Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to urge him to stop the Georgia State Patrol from conducting any motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists from around the nation could be subject to Georgia motorcycle-only checkpoints if those checkpoints are in place [...]

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Congressional Motorcycle Caucus goes back to work

by JeffFebruary 3, 2011 News

From the AMA: PICKERINGTON, Ohio — U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will remain as co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus for the new 112th Congress, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. The bi-partisan caucus, which has existed for many years, was formally recognized by the U.S. House for the new Congress. [...]

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Feds grant reprieve to kids’ dirtbikes and ATVs

by JeffFebruary 2, 2011 News

From the AMA: PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to delay enforcement of portions of the controversial “lead law” that would have banned the sale of kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. On Feb. 1, the CPSC voted 4-1 to delay enforcement until Dec. [...]

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Motorcycle Safety Caucus officially registered for the 112th Congress

by JeffFebruary 2, 2011 News

From the Motorcycle Industry Council: Officially Registered for the 112th Congress Representatives Michael Burgess and Gabrielle Giffords Remain as Co-Chairs WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 2, 2011 – The Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus (CMSC) has been officially registered for the 112th Congress. At the start of each Congress all official caucuses must be reestablished and recognized formally [...]

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