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09NR12 – MRF News Release – Motorcycle Safety Resolution

April 6, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed H. Res. 269, a bill entitled “Supporting the goals of a motorcycle safety month.” The bill is sponsored by Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) who is both co-chair of the US House Motorcycle Safety Caucus and an avid rider. Rep. Giffords is joined by her fellow co-chair of the Motorcycle Safety Caucus, Michael Burgess (R-TX), as an original co-sponsor.

The bill puts the Congress on record as recognizing the contribution motorcycles make to the transportation mix. It encourages all road users to be more aware of motorcycles and motorcyclists’ safety. This is in addition to encouraging all riders to receive appropriate training and practice safe riding skills and supporting the goals of a Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

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09NR09 – MRF News Release – Bikers Inside the Beltway Date Confirmed

March 26, 2009 by · Comments Off on 09NR09 – MRF News Release – Bikers Inside the Beltway Date Confirmed 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to announce that the Sergeant-at-Arms of the United States House of Representatives has approved our request to hold an event inside the Capitol complex. The event is planned for the morning and early afternoon of Thursday, May
14th, 2009. By all means, save that date on your calendars and plan to be in Washington, DC.

Bikers Inside the Beltway will take place to educate members of Congress on the importance of motorcycle safety and awareness programs. The MRF will also take the opportunity to reaffirm its position that “2010 funds” (funds appropriated by Congress to support motorcycle rider education and awareness) have had a positive impact and should be preserved.

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09NR08 – MRF News Release – Bikers Inside The Beltway Date Announcement Delayed

March 19, 2009 by · Comments Off on 09NR08 – MRF News Release – Bikers Inside The Beltway Date Announcement Delayed 

The MRF is aware of, and gratified by, the interest in the event we are calling Bikers inside the Beltway. We are also mindful of the fact that we said we would announce the date in early March. Well, here we are and we still don’t have a firm date.

We keep hoping that we can announce the date, but with the clock ticking it is time to offer an explanation.

Since the new Congress went into session, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation has been working with United States Representative Judy Biggert (R – Il) and her staff to secure a site on the Capitol grounds for our event.

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09NR07 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update

March 17, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, The United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce passed legislation that would make it illegal for insurance providers to exploit what is known as the “source of injury exclusion” loophole; reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

On that day the committee chaired by US Representative Henry Waxman considered 10 bills that had passed the House with bipartisan support in the 110th Congress. Under a motion those bills were ordered favorably reported to the House by unanimous consent.

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09LR01 – MRF Leaders Report – March 2009

March 11, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Beverly Hills Does It Again

A Beverly Hills, California state senator has introduced legislation that would require motorcycles to participate in the state’s vehicle “smog check” program. The program was designed to service cars and because of that motorcycles were exempt “until the Department of Consumer Affairs implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles” according to standing state California state law. Senator Fran Pavely (D) is the main sponsor of the bill which would require all motorcycles beginning with model year 2000 to be tested starting in 2012.

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Motorcycle bill sparks debate in the Virginia Senate

February 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

A bill passed by the state senate Tuesday lessens the penalty for motorcyclists who ride in the same lane.

It drops the penalty from reckless driving to a civil penalty. The debate was intense before a 20-19 vote in favor of the change.

“If there has ever been a case of reckless driving, it’s two motorcycle operators going down the road side by side talking to each other. It is reckless driving for a purpose,” said Sen. Ken Stolle.

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Lead law throttles youth powersports

February 18, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

IRVINE, Calif. — A new federal law aimed at protecting children from lead in toys has also forced a nationwide halt in sales of off-road motorcycles and recreational vehicles built for young riders, killing off a multimillion-dollar industry that was thriving despite the recession.

Thousands of powersports dealers were told to halt sales of vehicles designed for children 12 and younger because of new lead restrictions in an act of Congress that took effect Feb. 10.

Even used vehicle sales are banned by law passed in response to lead found in toys imported from China.

“We’re out of business as far as the youth market goes,” says Rick Rizzon, owner of Rizzon Cycle in Middlesex, N.J. “It’s crazy.”

With the motor vehicle industry already hurting from recession, he said the ban means a 20% drop in sales of youth off-road motorcycles and the parts business for bikes already sold.

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Information from the AMA on the Law can be found here.

Call to Action HB1870 – Motorcycles/Two Abreast

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

HB1870 (allows two to be operated abreast in single lane) made it out of the Transportation Committee this morning 11 to 9. Now is the time to start writing our delegates and asking that they support this bill when it comes up for a vote on the House floor, probably early next week. Below is some information about the bill, and some talking points you may want to use in your correspondence:

HB1808 (Patron – Delegate Bill Janis) – Allows motorcyclists to ride two abreast in a single traffic lane. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+sum+HB1870

Talking Points:
– Riding two abreast is allowed in 48 states
– Two motorcycles abreast in a traffic lane aids in making the motorcycles more visible to other traffic
– Allows better comunication between riders
– There has never been a study, or statistics kept to show this is a dangerous practice
– This would not require this type of riding, it would simply allow it, and motorcyclists would be able to decide for themselves if, when, and with whom they would engage in this practice.

Please email as many Delegates as possible, but at the very least, email YOUR Delegate.

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