Legislation Protects Individual Vehicle Ownership Rights Today and in the Future
BETHESDA, Md., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Motorcycle Riders Foundation strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) and urges Congress to swiftly pass the legislation in order to safeguard individual vehicle ownership rights today and in the future.
“We have formally committed our support to the Right to Repair Act because we believe that consumers are entitled to the right to choose how their motorcycle, car or other type of vehicle is maintained or upgraded. The point of Right to Repair is to protect the freedom of American consumers to choose how they take care of their vehicles, be it in their driveway or at a trusted repair facility, and to ensure that they have access to all the information required to complete service and repairs,” said Jeff Hennie, vice president of government relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
May 6, 2009 by Hersey · Comments Off on 09NR18 – MRF News Release – MRF Bikers Inside the Beltway 2009 Event Details
MRF Bikers Inside the Beltway 2009 Event Details
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is holding its inaugural ride to the Nation’s Capitol for Motorcycle Awareness Month. Known as “Bikers Inside the Beltway,” the event will be dedicated to its creator, the recently departed MRF Vice President and long-time motorcyclists’ rights legend Michael “Boz” Kerr.
The MRF is encouraging bikers nationwide to ride their motorcycles to Washington DC for this historic event. We have reserved secure parking for motorcycles adjacent to the U.S. Capitol; this location should make for an impressive display of bikes.
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION UPDATE
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted last Friday, April 17, 2009, on the issue of banning sales of youth ATVs and motorcycles because of lead levels. The CPSC voted to keep the ban in place; however, they did issue a two-year stay of enforcement of the ban. This stay of enforcement will allow manufacturers and retailers of youth ATVs and motorcycles to continue building and selling these items. It also gives the industry two years to comply with the new law and if, for some reason, it is technologically infeasible to manufacture a certain part with less lead than allowed by law, the industry will have a chance to make an argument to the CSPC.
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.
March 26, 2009 by Hersey · 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.
March 19, 2009 by Hersey · 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.
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.
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.