MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President
of Government Relations
jeff at mrf.org
Bikes for Beaters?
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation
(MRF) took note that the President
recently signed the Car Allowance Rebate System bill, also known as CARS,
or by its former moniker, "cash for clunkers." This law provides
individual Americans with vouchers up to $4500 toward the purchase of a
new automobile when trading in an older, less efficient vehicle. The idea
behind the law is two-fold, to stimulate an ailing auto industry and green
up the country at the same time. CARS does not allow for any participation
by motorcycle customers or dealers. (For technical information on the
CARS program, visit www.cars.gov.)
If Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has his
way, however, you will soon be able to
trade an older vehicle that gets less MPGs for a brand new motorcycle.
Casey has introduced S. 1248, the Green Transportation Efficiency Act of
2009, aka the Green TEA bill. The Casey bill would provide a $2500 voucher
when trading in an older car or bike to purchase a brand new motorcycle
from a participating, registered dealership.
The trade-in must meet the following qualifiers:
* is in drivable condition;
* has been continuously insured consistent with the applicable State
law and registered to the same owner for a period of not less than 1
year immediately prior to the trade-in;
* was manufactured less than 25 years before the date of the trade-in;
The new fuel efficient motorcycle must meet the following qualifiers:
* equitable or legal title of which
has not been transferred to any
person other than the ultimate purchaser (in other words, brand
* carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of not less than
$7,000 and not more than $20,000; and
* has a manufacturer's estimated combined fuel economy of at least 40
miles per gallon.
The Casey bill would authorize the program for one year from date of
enactment. The MRF does not have an official position at this time pending
further details, but has been working with Senator Casey's office to get
some additional clarity on the impact of this legislation.
The time frame for this particular
bill is relatively brief. Anything
longer, or worse – permanent, would seriously call into question the
forcing of an end of useful life on vehicles that are still drivable and
collectable. At the same time, the MRF does appreciate the fact the
Senator Casey considers motorcycles and cars equal forms of transportation
and both deserving of the same benefits.
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Riders Foundation, incorporated
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rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted
exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause
of rider safety and rider freedom.
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
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