06NR06 - MRF Posts Comments to NHTSA

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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
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March 7, 2006

#06NR06 - MRF Posts Comments to NHTSA; announces extension to the comment period docket 23090

The MRF recently submitted comments in response to each of the eleven amendments proposed by the safety experts at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The MRF identified aspects of amendments in need of serious change and classified others as being steps in the right direction. "It is imperative NHTSA hears from all riders on this issue" said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation adding, "NHTSA updates these guidelines every six years or so. The opportunity to voice your opinion is now".

To view the comments visit: http://dms.dot.gov. Use the "simple search" function, reference Docket Number 23090 and you will be able to view the comments. The MRF encourages all riders and rider organization to submit comments.

Furthermore, the MRF first reported the NHTSA guideline amendments and, at the time, believed the agency’s standard thirty day open comment period would not be lengthy enough to provide ample time for the motorcyclists of America to register their opinions and concerns. Working with NHTSA, the MRF successfully had the comment period extended resulting in a new deadline date of March 27, 2006. In addition, as stated in the Federal Register notice, "to the extent possible, NHTSA will consider comments received after the comment period ends". Therefore, while the "official" period ends on March 27th, the government will continue to accept all submissions until the arbitrary decision to close the "unofficial" period is made.

To mail a hard version of your comments send them to NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20590.


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