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Grassroots and Industry Urge Permanent Fix to Controversial Youth-Model Bike/ATV Ban

The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national grassroots OHV advocacy group is encouraging their members to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to take action to end the unfair ban. BRC's Call to Action can be found here: http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/?alert=1105

BRC's Executive Director, Greg Mumm, said, "Congress told the CPSC to report to them about this issue and I think it is appropriate for the American public to report as well. The way the CPSC has implemented this law has cost jobs and actually made children less safe. Congress needs to act now." Mumm said BRC is encouraging Congress to clarify the intent of the law and also to hold hearings on how CPSC is implementing the law.

The power-sports industry is also weighing in. Yesterday, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) urged CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum to include an amendment that would end the current ban. MIC's letter noted there are a variety of options available to remedy the situation. MIC's General Counsel Paul Vitrano, said, "Everyone agrees that the key to maintaining the safety of youth riders is for them to operate only appropriately-sized vehicles. We are hopeful that CPSC's report to Congress will pave the way to legislation that will ensure youth motorcycles and ATVs remain available."

The American Motorcyclist Association appealed to its members yesterday in a nation-wide email action alert. AMA's Government Relations department has been doing yeoman's work on a bill introduced by Montana's Denny Rehberg. Rehberg's bill, H.R. 1587, would exempt youth-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA. AMA reports that although it had 55 bi-partisan co-sponsors, no committee in the House or the Senate has scheduled a hearing on Rehberg's bill. The bill can be viewed here: http://www.sharetrails.org/fwd/hr1587

Mumm stressed the need for Congress to take action soon. "Our members enjoy OHV recreation as a family activity," he said, "and this ban has the potential to force children onto vehicles too large for them to operate safely. The current situation is not acceptable. Congress must act."

TAKE ACTION HERE: http://www.sharetrails.org/letters/letter.php?id=48

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