12-23-2003

03NR45 - EPA Issues Final Rule for Street Bike Emissions Standards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 23, 2003

#03NR45 - EPA ISSUES FINAL RULE FOR STREET BIKE EMISSIONS STANDARDS

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule for street bike emissions today, although it has not yet been published in the Federal Register (anticipated publication in January 2004). You can view the EPA's "Final Rule for Cleaner Highway Motorcycles," along with various support documents, at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/roadbike.htm.

According to the EPA, Tier 1 of these new rules will "affect new motorcycles produced for the 2006 and later model years," with Tier 2 taking effect in 2010. The MRF and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) nationwide have been working vigorously to affect the final rule regarding new street bike emissions standards for over three years. The MRF would like to highlight the following points following our preliminary review:

1. Small-volume manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees worldwide and producing fewer than 3000 motorcycles per year in the United States are not required to comply with Tier 1 standards until 2008, and small-volume manufacturers are not required to comply with the Tier 2 standards at all. From the start, the MRF and SMROs across the country have been working diligently to protect the small-volume manufacturers from potential bankruptcy, and our efforts are reflected in this exemption.

2. Unfortunately, the EPA still feels that "new emission standards are not expected to have any adverse affect on the aftermarket industry." They go on to state, "The aftermarket parts industry is a substantial part of the motorcycle industry and can readily and successfully adapt to any changes that might result from this rule." Furthermore, the EPA states that, "In addition, the vast majority of aftermarket items have nothing to do with emissions, and will thus be unaffected." Obviously the questions that the MRF and SRMOs have been asking for the past three years got their attention, but this is not the answer for which we had hoped.

3. There is a once-in-a-lifetime exemption for a custom or kit motorcycle for your own personal use, as long as you don't sell it for at least five years. The EPA points out, however, that "this exemption would not cover a case in which an entity purchases a kit, assembles the kit, and then sells it to another party; this would be considered to be the sale of the complete motorcycle."

Forty-four members of Congress joined Congressmen John Shimkus (R-IL) and Ted Strickland (D-OH) in sending a letter to the EPA in May 2003, at the request of the MRF and SMROs nationwide. The letter asked some very pointed questions regarding the proposed emissions standards for street motorcycles, and this final rule reflects the impact of that letter. The MRF would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all the individuals and organizations who have worked with us for the past three years to affect these final rules for street bike emissions standards.

The MRF is conducting an in-depth analysis of this complex final rule and will be reviewing strategies in the days to come.

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