AMA urges motorcyclists and ATVers to contact legislators to fight ‘lead ban’

by Jeff on April 2, 2009

On April 1, powersports industry reps, plus those from other sectors, held a rally pushing for a change to the CPSIA, an anti-lead law, just hours before news came that their request was denied

By Jeff Cobb
Motorcycle Safety News

In light of the “lead ban” continuing to shut down the youth-sized off highway vehicle (OHV) market, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is urging all those concerned to contact their U.S. legislators.
As reported yesterday, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staffers will recommend that the agency refuse to grant an exemption for the targeted OHVs from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that took effect February 10.
Under the CPSIA, all youth products containing lead must have less than 600 parts per million by weight.
Critics have condemned the law’s “unintended consequences,” saying it was written so broadly that it also governs such things as children’s books, clothes, motorcycles and ATVs.
The CPSC staff has admitted that the risk of lead exposure from OHVs is relatively low, but confirmed to their commissioners that the law is written so strictly that no lead absorption into the body is allowed.
As a result, motorcycles and ATVs shouldn’t be exempt from the law, they said.
The news had come just hours after representatives from several sectors affected by the lead ban, including the powersports industry had staged an “Amend the CPSIA” rally in the Capitol Building in Washington.
This morning, representatives from the AMA said that while disappointing, the negative recommendation had not been unexpected.
And rather than back down, the AMA said the CPSC recommendation reinforces their need to keep pressure on the agency’s commissioners and on the U.S. Congress and Senate.
“The CPSC is expected to vote on the staff recommendation soon,” said AMA Vice President of Government Relations, Ed Moreland, “so motorcyclists and ATV riders need to contact their federal lawmakers now.”
Moreland added that riders should also tell Congress to support two bills aimed at righting the perceived oversight: H.R. 1587 and S. 608.
Information can be found at the American Motorcyclist Web site, then clicking on “Rights” and then “Issues and Legislation.”
Those interested can also sign up in the “Rights” section to get e-mail Action Alerts to keep abreast of issues threatening motorcycling and ATV riding, and to take action.

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