02NR18 - MRF Granted NGO Status by United Nations
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Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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Contact: Tom Wyld
July 29, 2002
#02-NR-18 - MRF Granted NGO Status by United Nations
The United Nations has granted "Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)" status to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. This status (technically, "Roster Consultative Status") empowers the MRF to coordinate directly with "Working Party 29" (WP.29) - the negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland who are hammering out "Global Technical Regulations on Wheeled Vehicles."
It is the intent of WP.29 to develop emissions, safety, noise and other standards that govern the manufacture of all motor vehicles worldwide. Regulations proposed internationally gain added momentum domestically, because the United States and other contracting parties to the Geneva Agreement that vote to establish a particular global regulation are required to initiate proceedings to establish that regulation domestically (e.g., by publishing a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register). The U.S. delegation to WP.29 is composed primarily of staffers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA is the lead federal agency in WP.29 negotiations.
NGO status enables the MRF to work at both the U.N. and U.S. levels to more closely monitor proposed regulations to help ensure that they do not run contrary to the rights and safety concerns of American motorcyclists. "Obtaining NGO status for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation gives American motorcycle consumers a voice they've needed to fight for their rights and safety at the international level," said MRF President Tom Pauley. "We look forward to continuing our work at this level with the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations and the American Motorcyclist Association."
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