02NR24 - URGENT: Co-Sponsors Needed for Barcia Act to Fight EPA Proposed Rule

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 20, 2002
02NR24 - URGENT! Co-Sponsors Needed for Barcia Act to Fight EPA Proposed Rule


U.S. Representative James Barcia (D-Michigan) is introducing the "Motorcycle and Motorcycling Small Business Protection Act." This legislative initiative will establish a reasonable emissions standard for street motorcycles that safeguards the thousands of small businesses threatened by the EPA's proposed rulemaking. This Act will also increase motorcycling in America and thereby reduce fuel consumption, traffic congestion and air pollution. You can view the Motorcycle and Motorcycling Small Business Protection Act by visiting the MRF website at www.mrf.org/epalegislation.php.

The Barcia Act safeguards jobs and protects motorcycling in America. YOUR CONGRESSMAN'S NAME BELONGS ON THAT BILL! Call your Congressman TODAY! You can find your Congressman's phone number at http://clerk.house.gov/members/index.php. Urge your Congressman to sign on as an original co-sponsor of the Motorcycle and Motorcycling Small Business Protection Act. Your Congressman can do so by calling Congressman Barcia and asking him to add him/her to this bill as an original co-sponsor.

A long-standing MRF Champion of Motorcyclists' Rights & Safety, Congressman Barcia plans to introduce his bill on Tuesday, September 24, WITH AS MANY ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS AS CAN BE GENERATED BY YOU, the leaders of the motorcyclists' rights movement in America.

Signed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator July 25, 2002, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on "Control of Emissions from Spark Ignition...Highway Motorcycles" imposes needlessly stringent new limit values on highway motorcycles. Inaccurately classing motorcycles as "recreational" and all but deaf to legitimate concerns regarding rider safety, EPA grossly overestimates the degree to which street bikes contribute to the total motor vehicle pollution inventory and grossly underestimates the cost per bike of the new controls.

As expressed to the EPA at its September 17 public hearing on the proposed rule, it is the opinion of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation that EPA's proposed rulemaking on highway motorcycles will 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.

You can plan on meeting and thanking Congressman Barcia yourself for sponsoring the Motorcycle and Motorcycling Small Business Protection Act by attending the MRF's "Meeting of the Minds" conference in Lansing, Michigan, September 26 through 29. Congressman Barcia will be our September 28 banquet speaker at this year's meeting, co-hosted by ABATE of Michigan. See www.mrf.org/events.php for details.

This is clearly one of the most monumental legislative initiatives ever undertaken in the history of American motorcycling. Be a part of that history. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TODAY!

- 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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