06-21-2005

05NR15 - NHTSA Responds to the MRF

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
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June 20, 2005

#05NR15 - NHTSA Responds to the MRF

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a response to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s (MRF) April 24th news release, as well as several other issues the MRF has brought to NHTSA’s attention. In an undated letter, received at the MRF’s Washington D.C. Office on June 16th, Mr. Brian McLaughlin, NHTSA Senior Associate Administrator, not only addresses the MRF’s April 24th release regarding the FARS Data, he also addresses questions raised by the MRF in a letter to NHTSA dated May 5th.

Mr. McLaughlin also answers questions raised in an April 21st letter from Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. This letter, generated at the request of the MRF, questions the release dates for both phases of the Best Practices Study.

The MRF does not find Mr. McLaughlin’s explanation of the discrepancies in the FARS Data between Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) figures to motorcycle sales figures to be satisfactory. The MRF will be pursuing this in the future.

Chairman Young’s April 21st letter, the MRF’s May 5th letter, and the NHTSA response are posted on the MRF website at http://www.mrf.org/nhtsa.php


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