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08NR20 – MRF News Release – Washington Update

October 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR20 – MRF News Release – Washington Update 

NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a quarterly Motorcycle Safety Network meeting in Washington DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports. The meeting, originally the brainchild of NHTSA, has mushroomed into almost an entire DOT meeting as the room had a good number of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials either reporting or just listening. It seems that as with the sales of new motorcycles, so goes this meeting’s attendance. Each meeting’s attendance has increased significantly and has now grown out of the current DOT conference facilities.

The meeting was attended by all government transportation officials as well as representatives from SMSA, MIC, MSF, AMA, IIHS, Honda, Harley and ASMI.

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08LR19 – MRF Leaders Report – October

October 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR19 – MRF Leaders Report – October 

Washington Update

The US House passed the Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Act of 2008 (HR 6908) last week. This bill, as previously reported by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), would force insurance providers to disclose upfront, in writing, any activity they are unwilling to provide full payment for an injury sustained while participating in said activity. Currently the insurance providers need only refer to the federal loophole known as the “source of injury exclusion provision” to limit payment for any injury based on the source of the injury.

The bill passed with unanimous consent by the US House and is now being considered by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The Senate has passed legislation that was farther reaching than HR 6809 in a previous Congress so the outlook remains bright but time is running short. The MRF will keep you informed on this important issue.

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Motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility

August 6, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility 

By the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue’s Community Relations Team

More motorists are trading in or parking their larger motor vehicles for motorcycles as a way of beating the rising cost of gasoline. Nationwide, there is an increase in motorcycle traffic on highways and countryside roads. Yet, with this increase in ridership there is an increase in motorcycle accidents. Although, the U.S., in recent years, has been successful in reducing automobile deaths, the National Highway and Transportation Administration (NHTSA — http://www.nhtsa.gov) indicates the rate of motorcycle fatalities has more than doubled in the past 10 years — 2,116 in 1997 to more than 4,800 in 2006 — offsetting the gain in lives saved from higher seat belt use and improved passenger vehicle safety. Currently, motorcycle fatalities are the nation’s greatest highway traffic safety challenge.

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