05-26-2004

04NR27 - MRF Releases "EPA for the Layman"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dave Dwyer, MRF Government Relations Assistant
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May 26, 2004

#04NR27 - MRF Releases "EPA for the Layman"

On December 23, 2003 the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule for street bike emissions. After months of review of the 49-page rule and in-depth discussions with small business owners, manufacturers, riders and emissions experts, the MRF is pleased to release the educational document "EPA for the Layman." You can view, download and print the MRF's "EPA for the Layman" document by visiting the MRF website at www.mrf.org/pp-epa-for-the-layman.php.

"EPA for the Layman" is a nuts and bolts document that navigates the complex final rule and answers questions asked by many concerned motorcyclists. It explains in detail what the EPA rule means and how it affects you, the street bike rider. Thanks in large part to the efforts over a three-year period of the MRF, State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs), and concerned motorcyclists nationwide, there is some good news in the EPA's final rule. While this new rule dramatically reduces tail pipe emissions, there are some important exemptions written into it for kit bikes, custom motorcycles, and small volume makers. However, the MRF does not believe that the exemptions are broad enough or that the rule, as written, fulfills the needs of highway motorcyclists, the small volume makers and the aftermarket. We fully intend to continue to work for revision of some parts of the rules.

The MRF would like to thank all of the SMROs and individual motorcyclists who have vigilantly worked by our side to affect the EPA's rulemaking process. In particular, we want to thank ABATE of Illinois and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for their assistance in setting up meetings with EPA officials to discuss the impact of this final rule. We would also like to thank the many aftermarket parts and small volume manufacturers who have assisted the MRF with the analysis of the new EPA emissions standards for street bikes. Based on the valuable information we have gathered, the MRF is preparing some very specific questions to present to the EPA in the near future regarding the impact of this rule on street motorcyclists. We will continue to solicit input as we develop our strategy to revise the rule when it is re-opened for comment in 2006.

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The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists' rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.
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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.

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