07-15-2004

04NR32 - TEAM OREGON Curriculum Approved; MSF Alleges Infringement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Bolin, MRF President
karen@mrf.org (e-mail)

July 15, 2004

#04NR32 - TEAM OREGON Curriculum Approved; MSF Alleges Infringement

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the Oregon Traffic Safety Committee met on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 and approved all components of the motorcycle rider training curriculum developed by TEAM OREGON, with the exception of their experienced course. As of January 1, 2005 the TEAM OREGON program will be the only curriculum approved for use in the state of Oregon. Called the TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program (TOMS), the approved program includes novice, intermediate and advanced courses. It is anticipated that the TEAM OREGON experienced course will be added by year's end.

The MRF has also learned that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has sent a letter to Oregon State University, alleging that the TEAM OREGON motorcycle rider training curriculum represents an infringement of MSF intellectual property. This letter was sent prior to Tuesday's Oregon Traffic Safety Committee meeting.

Further, ODOT officials anticipate that the MSF or other programs may request approval of curricula other than TEAM OREGON's to qualify for waivers for graduates of other courses, allowing motorcycle endorsements to be issued by those other programs in place of successful completion of the TEAM OREGON program or testing by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. ODOT indicates that the Oregon Traffic Safety Committee will consider any such requests, taking into consideration recommendations offered by the Oregon Governor's Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety and Oregon motorcyclists.

The MRF is aware Latus Harley-Davidson/Buell filed just such a waiver petition late last year for their Rider's Edge program. ODOT denied Latus' request to obtain certification as an approved motorcycle safety program and denied their petition to allow their Rider's Edge completion cards to be accepted in lieu of Oregon State DMV endorsement tests.

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