- 22 February 2015
- Last Updated: 11 April 2015
- Published: 22 February 2015
Encourage Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 999
OHV Leaders traveled to our nation's Capital last month to testify in front of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV) also known as side by sides. Nicole Nicholas Gilles the Executive Director of the American Sand Association and Charla Teeters-Stewart the Executive Director of the United Desert Gateway presented their oral comments before the five Presidentially appointed Commissioners on January 7th. The issue at hand concerns the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued supporting a standard that claims to reduce risk of injury associated with ROVs and make them operate more like on-highway vehicles.
"The CPSC has chosen to vote in favor of imposing their own rules and ignoring years of research and tested improvements by experts in the field," stated Gilles. "I was there to represent our 37,000 members and supporting businesses to make sure that the Commissioners were fully aware of the unintended consequences their new standards may have on ROVs in our type of riding environment."
The American Sand Association became aware of the NPR in October of last year and immediately notified its membership via an "Action Alert" and started an aggressive letter writing campaign through their partnership with Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA). At last check over 50,000 letters of opposition had been sent.
After receiving requests from the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) to extend the comment period, the CPSC unanimously voted to extend it until April 8, 2015. The comment period extension notice appeared in the January 23rd Federal Register.
WHAT'S THE LATEST?
On February 13, 2015, U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced H.R. 999, the RIDE [ROV In-Depth Examination] Act. The RIDE Act would postpone the ROV rulemaking until CPSC's proposals are studied and evaluated by the National Academy of Sciences in consultation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Defense (DOD). This independent review will help ensure that ROV design standards are appropriate for the off-road riding environment, will not unnecessarily compromise off-road performance and safety, and will not lead to unintended consequences.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Your voice needs to be heard! We are once again partnering with ARRA who makes it easy for you to participate and contact your elected officials. Please take a moment to weigh in on this important issue.
Take Action by sending an email urging your Representative to cosponsor this common-sense legislation to ensure that there is an adequate study of the impacts of the CPSC's proposed rules before it is too late!
More information about the bill can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/999