04NR36 - The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Pressures Idaho

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Contact: Karen Bolin, MRF President
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August 20, 2004

#04NR36 - The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Pressures Idaho

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has officially notified the Idaho Motorcycle Safety Program (Idaho STAR) that it has until the end of the year to adopt the new MSF novice training curriculum, known as the BRC. If Idaho STAR does not comply the MSF has indicated it will withdraw official MSF recognition of the Idaho Motorcycle Safety Program. Known as "Rider Education Recognition Program" or RERP, this MSF designation impacts a state program's access to dealer loaned equipment and insurance. The Idaho Motorcycle Safety Program is currently using the long standing curriculum (MRC-RSS).
Furthermore, in what it considers a violation of MSF intellectual property, MSF will prohibit the Idaho Motorcycle Safety Program from reproducing or distributing any MRC-RSS materials even though the Idaho STAR program purchased these materials.

Asked for comment; Ron Shepard, Coordinator Motorcycle Safety Programs (Idaho STAR) stated; "It is interesting that the MSF would take such a heavy handed approach to the use of a curriculum that has been state of the art for 20 years. In this era of tightened budgets, meeting the demand and doing more with less, threatening to disrupt the training of a state is not serving the needs of the stakeholders."

Jay Jackson, MRF Director of Motorcycle Safety observed; "I resent that so many resources are being expended to determine who will deliver rider education. In the end the actual delivery is affected."

The Future of Rider Education will be the topic of the Saturday General Session at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Minds in
St. Louis, September 23rd - 26th. Both Ron Shepard and Tim Buche, MSF President are scheduled panelists.


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