02NR23 - MRF Testifies at EPA Public Hearing

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
202-546-0983 (voice)
202-546-0986 (fax)
wyld@mrf.org (e-mail)
http://www.mrf.org (website)

Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
September 19, 2002


Washington, DC - The Motorcycle Riders Foundation attended a public hearing on September 17 conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed rulemaking on highway motorcycles. The MRF's testimony was delivered by John Silk, MRF Representative to ABATE of Michigan, that state's premier motorcyclists' rights organization.

The MRF testified that the EPA's proposed rule on street motorcycles would "ban venerated classic engine families and destroy a vast cottage industry of small businesses - from small-volume motorcycle makers to the aftermarket. The direct costs of this unnecessary regulation will be the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and a radical reduction in motorcycling in America. The unavoidable result of this regulatory excess will be an increase in fuel consumption, traffic congestion and air pollution."

To view the MRF's public comments from this meeting in their entirety, visit the "Position Papers" section of the MRF web page at www.mrf.org/positionpapers.php.

"I heard no testimony today that favored EPA's proposed rule," Silk reported, "and virtually every speaker appealed for a delay in the deadline for public comments."

Originally slated for Ypsilanti, the public hearing was shifted at the last minute to Ann Arbor due to a security concern, EPA staff told those in attendance.

The cataclysmic impact of the EPA's rule on motorcycling in America - on an American culture, on American jobs and the uniquely American challenges of traffic congestion and fuel consumption - will be the primary focus of MRF's upcoming "Meeting of the Minds" conference in Lansing, hosted by ABATE of Michigan September 26 through 29. Call the MRF's DC Office at 202-546-0983 for details or visit www.mrf.org/events.php to register for the conference.

The premier national leadership summit of the motorcyclists' rights movement in America, MRF's Meeting of the Minds will also be available - real-time and on-line - at www.inbradio.com.

- MRF: My Ride is Freedom -

The first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time legislative advocacy presence in Washington. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American rider rights movement among its leading members. Motorcyclists worldwide can thumb-start their search for rider rights and safety on the web at www.mrf.org.

All information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, incorporated in 1987, is an independent, membership-based national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington D.C. which operates in co-partnership with State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations nationwide. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulation, motorcycling safety education, training, licensing and public awareness. The MRF provides individual and SMRO member-volunteers with guidance, support and information to protect motorcyclists' rights and advance motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists' rights activists and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.

Voice: 202-546-0983, Fax: 202-546-0986, E-Mail: wyld@mrf.org, website: http://www.mrf.org

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