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For Immediate Release

23 July 2009

Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations
jeff@mrf.org


RIGHT TO REPAIR LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns (D-NY), along with Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and
George Miller (D-CA), has reintroduced legislation that would make it
illegal for vehicle manufacturers to withhold information necessary to
diagnose, service or repair motor vehicles. Currently vehicle owners are
forced to return to the dealership network to have problems diagnosed that
the over-the-counter aftermarket code readers cannot read. HR 2057, the
Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (Right to Repair), has 31
cosponsors to date.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) strongly supports Right to Repair,
and urges Congress to swiftly pass this legislation in order to safeguard
individual vehicle ownership rights today and in the future.

"We have formally committed our support to Right to Repair because we
believe that consumers are entitled to choose how their motorcycles, cars
and other type of vehicles are maintained or upgraded. The point of Right
to Repair is to protect the freedom of American consumers to choose how
they take care of their vehicles, be it in their driveways or at trusted
repair facilities, and to ensure that they have access to all the
information required to complete necessary service and repairs," said Jeff
Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations.

A recent letter to the editor from the MRF generated hundreds of articles
in publications across the country signaling a resounding level of support
from the vehicle operating public. "As the economy continues to be
sluggish, people are looking at cost cutting, and getting vehicle
maintenance at a premium dealership is high on their list of cuts. Also
consider the recent forced government closure of dealerships, not to
mention the desire to support small business. All these factors point to
the need for this legislation," Hennie added.

Vehicles, including motorcycles, are becoming increasingly complex with
the addition of more and more computer technology, which will become more
and more sophisticated and complex in the future. Ready access to accurate
service and repair information from the manufacturers is essential to the
safety and well being of the entire American motoring public.

The MRF encourages all motorcyclists to visit www.righttorepair.org to
send a letter to each of their congressional representatives, urging them
to support the Right to Repair Act by adding their names to the growing
list of co-sponsors.

IN OTHER NEWS

Don't like the condition of your local roads? Got an opinion about that
messed up intersection? Road construction ruining your ride? Once again
the Federal Highway Administration Motorcycle Advisory Council (FHWA MAC)
is asking for your opinions. Now that the country has been riding solid
(hopefully) for the past few months, it's a good time to take stock of the
roads and let FHWA MAC know how you feel. The information is, of course,
confidential and will be used by FHWA MAC to advise Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood. Take the 10 minute survey here:
http://tinyurl.com/ovzduo. To learn more about the FHWA MAC visit this
site: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/mac/.


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in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists'
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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