Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CPSC Hollow Promise?

The General talked with CPSC spokesperson Sonia Hayes-Pleasant today regarding recent reports in some media stories that the CPSC was going to address the ban on youth OHVs in a “few” weeks.

As more local motorcycle shop owners cry foul and motocross/trail-bike moms voice their strong objections to the “ban,” the General agrees with his good friends at the AMA, BRC, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, ORBA -- Keep the pressure on the CPSC by sending letters, making phone calls, AND take a dealer to the local office of your own Member of Congress!!! Be sure and let The General know what your representative said.

See “Kid Chewing on Dirt Bikes?” Article from Today
BRC Alert

See AMA National Action Alert from Today

Add Your Voice to the Fight Against the Ban on Youth Motorcycles and ATVs!

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) continues to ask all riders to protest the recent ban on certain youth motorcycles and ATVs by contacting their Members of Congress

On Feb. 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) effectively outlawed the sale of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) intended for youth riders 12-years-old and under. Since that time efforts by the AMA, its sister organization the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Industry Association, the Blue Ribbon Coalition, the Off-Road Business Association and others have spurred an outpouring of letters and phone calls to the CPSC and federal legislators.

AMA and ATVA members, racers, riders and fans across the country have responded strongly to the collective calls for action so far, but our work is not over. The current ban on the sale of youth motorcycles and ATVs still threatens the very future of off-highway recreation in America.

Members of Congress and the Chairmen of the CPSC must continue to hear from everyone in the motorcycling community if we are to reverse this ban. You can quickly read more about the issue and gain some useful tools by clicking here.

To send a message to your Senators and Representatives, please click here.
-- End of Alert --

Being familiar with government “bureaucrat speak” – the promise to address our issue in a few weeks could be nothing more than a hollow statement meant to “get the heat” off the agency while it is in the rulemaking process (this often takes up to two years). The General
hopes the agency is sincere about finding a solution.

In addition, The General is awaiting a call from the CPSC’s Executive Director – Patsy Semple – to explain why the agency cannot cut some red tape and provide immediate relief on this issue.

Stay tuned as the national off-road community's temperature continues to rise on this issue. See previous blogs for more information. Keep up the pressure!!!

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