01-16-2004

04NR02 - MRF Developing In-Depth Analysis of EPA Motorcycle Emissions Regulation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2004

#04NR02 - MRF DEVELOPING IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF EPA MOTORCYCLE EMISSIONS REGULATION

Led by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs), motorcycle riders saw the results of a three-year effort to influence the rulemaking process when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule on street motorcycle emissions December 23. The final rule is complex, the results are mixed, and with the promise of still another rulemaking in 2006 the battle is far from over.

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1. Postponement of small-volume-maker compliance with Tier 1 (not 2006 as required of major manufacturers, but 2008) and exemption from Tier II (required of major manufacturers in 2010);

2. A measure of compliance flexibility for some impacted businesses;

3. Additional restrictions (e.g., retrofitting, anti-tampering devices) avoided; and

4. Definition of small-volume makers (as those making less than 3000 units annually) maintained.

CONCERNS:

REGULATING ENGINE MAKERS?

In the final rule, the EPA stated its intention to "pursue development of a program that would apply emission standards to motorcycle engine manufacturers." This is a major regulatory development we are continuing to evaluate. Certainly, it will increase costs to engine makers and their customers. It may drive down the number of engines available or engine makers in business, causing a chilling effect on the rider/consumer marketplace.

ONE DREAM BIKE...IN A LIFETIME?

The EPA issued "two special exemptions" which adversely impact independent shops and the aftermarket:

First, the agency exempts from emissions certification "elaborate custom motorcycles...created for display by collectors." The exemption, however, does not address "elaborate custom motorcycles...created" for riding by riders.

Second, the agency exempts bikes produced "by any person building a motorcycle from a kit for individual use...This provision is limited to one motorcycle per individual over the life of the provision." The exemption applies to the owner of the kit, not an independent shop: "Parties or businesses who purchase kit motorcycles for assembly and retail sale are not covered by this exemption."

2006: THE ALL-IMPORTANT YEAR

The MRF is preparing for a separate and equally important rulemaking on highway motorcycles slated for 2006. The small-volume maker exemption and other provisions in the "final" rule will be on the table in 2006 when the EPA participates in the California Air Resources Board's "technology progress review."

THE FUTURE

In the future, SMROs will play a key role when the MRF-SMRO team:

Advocates on behalf of motorcycling small businesses as well as rider freedom;

Continues to advocate for creation of a new category of special construction custom motorcycle makers to protect independent shops that manufacture less than 100 motorcycles per year;

Continues to advocate for an annual production figure more than 3000 as the definition of small-volume makers;

Continues to advocate for greater compliance flexibility for aftermarket makers of "kit bikes" and those who assemble them; and

Advocates for the strengthening of the Small Business Regulatory Enhancement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) and better SBREFA compliance by federal agencies.

The MRF will continue to solicit and review comments from SMROs, small businesses and individual riders with respect to this EPA rule. We will continue in our efforts work with SMROs and the aftermarket industry through the 2006 review and fight on behalf of motorcycling small businesses and custom motorcycle consumers. The MRF is developing a lengthy in-depth technical analysis of this EPA ruling, which will be posted on our website in the near future. The MRF's strategic plan for the continued battle to protect rider and consumer freedom, small businesses, and the aftermarket industry will be based on that analysis.

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