02-10-2003

03NR04 - Economic Study Finds EPA Scheme for Street Motorcycles a Small Business Killer

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Contact: Tom Wyld
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February 10, 2003

#03NR04 - ECONOMIC STUDY FINDS EPA SCHEME FOR STREET MOTORCYCLES A SMALL BUSINESS KILLER

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters who helped pay not only for the MRF-Vaughn Economic Impact Study, but also for publicizing its results, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation was able to issue the following press release through U.S. Newswire at 8:32 est this morning. This is just the first in a series of press releases the MRF intends to send out over the wire regarding the MRF-Vaughn study.

ECONOMIC STUDY FINDS EPA SCHEME FOR STREET MOTORCYCLES A SMALL BUSINESS KILLER

Washington, D.C. - A new study by a noteworthy economist found that emissions standards for highway motorcycles recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) neglects thousands of small businesses and could cost tens of thousands of jobs in America.

According to Garrett A. Vaughn, Ph.D., the EPA's cost estimate approach, "inherently favors a few large manufacturers at the expense of smaller manufacturers, and totally ignores the far more numerous smaller firms...of the U.S. motorcycle industry." Thereby, Dr. Vaughn found, the EPA did not meet its obligations under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) and Executive Order 12866 (which requires federal agencies to consider less stringent alternatives to rulemaking) when developing this proposed rule.

Because the EPA seeks to adopt California's emissions standards nationwide, Dr. Vaughn looked at the impact in that state. He discovered that motorcycling in California has sharply declined since their standards were adopted, while motorcycling increased everywhere else in America. In fact, Dr. Vaughn's study found that California experienced a 7.7% reduction in motorcycle registrations between 1996 and 2001 while motorcycling increased by 32.2% in the other 49 states.

"In addition to the economic impact, the study also examined potential safety hazards of equipping street motorcycles with catalytic converters, from burn hazards to rider fatigue due to heat stress," observed Tom Wyld, Vice President of Government Relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), the organization that commissioned the study. The Vaughn study was paid for solely with emergency contributions to the MRF by individual motorcyclists and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations nationwide.

"America will pay the steep price of needlessly restrictive street bike emissions standards in human currency," said Wyld. "By imposing virtually no road wear, easing traffic congestion and dramatically increasing fuel conservation, motorcycling is an answer to America's most pressing surface transportation problems. In fact, if encouraged, motorcycling can cut U.S. reliance on foreign oil. But motorcycling can't do it if a federal agency is allowed to impose needlessly restrictive standards that will reduce motorcycling in America."

The Vaughn study is available in its entirety in pdf format on the MRF's website at www.mrf.org. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only membership-based national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington DC devoted exclusively to the street rider.

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