02NR13 - TEA-21 Reauthorization Agenda

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
April 1, 2002


Signed into law in 1998, the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21) was the focus of a massive lobbying effort by motorcyclists nationwide. TEA-21 authorized all federal highway and highway safety programs for a 5-year period. In 2003, TEA-21 will be "reauthorized." That means motorcyclists must DEFEND our achievements, STRENGTHEN our gains and ADVANCE new policies and programs.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation's TEA-21 Reauthorization Agenda reflects the long-standing joint SMRO-MRF legislative agenda, as well as recent developments. Below is a synopsis of that agenda:

- Strengthen the law prohibiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) use of appropriated funds to influence state or local legislation.

- Preserve statewide priorities and honor the prerogatives of governors and state legislatures by blocking any sanctions aimed at reducing transportation appropriations or other penalties to states that enact or have enacted adult choice over mandatory-use motorcycle helmet laws.

- Establish "accident prevention," not "injury reduction," as the uppermost motorcycle safety priority of the Department of Transportation and NHTSA.

- Ensure that the rights and safety concerns of motorcyclists are honored and safeguarded before Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies are introduced.

- Establish in the Office of the Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a "Motorcyclist Advisory Council" with the goal of rendering crash barriers and road maintenance practices "motorcycle-friendly," as well as examining ITS implementation plans and other FHWA initiatives.

- Preserve motorcycle access to all highways and road systems for which federal appropriations were used for road planning, design, construction or maintenance.

- Establish "motorcycle safety training" and "motorist awareness of motorcyclists" as national priorities for grants to the states under Section 402.

- Authorize a federal appropriation to assist the states in delivery of motorcycle rider training currently funded, in whole or in part, by state appropriations, rider fees or both.

- Restrict NHTSA from regulating any motorcycle rider apparel or related articles as part of "motor vehicle equipment" or "replacement equipment" in order to reaffirm the intent of Congress in the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act that NHTSA's role is to manage and reduce defective vehicles, tires and actual vehicle equipment.

- Establish the Motorcycle Riders Foundation as an advisor to the U.S. delegation to globalization harmonization talks (WP.29) to represent the consumer interests of motorcyclists.

- Establish a tax deduction for employers who set aside motorcycle-only parking akin to deductions already granted for car- and van-pools in order to promote motorcycle use and reduce fuel consumption, road wear and traffic congestion.

For further information regarding the Motorcycle Riders Foundation's TEA-21 Reauthorization Agenda, please contact the MRF's Vice President - Government Relations, Tom Wyld (wyld@mrf.org).

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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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