ROHVA Urges Enthusiasts & Industry to Comment on CPSC's ROV Rulemaking‏

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BLUERIBBON COALITION PARTNER ACTION ALERT!

ROHVA Urges Enthusiasts & Industry to Comment on CPSC's ROV Rulemaking

Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,

Paul Vitrano, Executive Vice President of the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association sent us their latest News Release asking for comments on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV) rulemaking.

I have pasted in a copy below; please take a minute to read it over and take action. Also, please pass this information on to your friends and family, and please ask them take action as well.

Thanks in advance for your involvement,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

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Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
Media Relations
(949) 255-2560, Ext. 3132


Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Urges Enthusiasts and Industry to Comment on CPSC's

ROV Rulemaking

ROHVA Creates Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association to Facilitate Submission

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2010 -- The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) is calling on enthusiasts and industry representatives to submit comments by March 15, 2010 in response to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), also known as side-by-sides and UTVs.

ROHVA previously expressed disappointment with CPSC's October 2009 vote to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for mandatory ROV standards. ROHVA believes this action is premature because an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process to develop standards for ROVs had long been underway. Since that time, the process has been completed and the proposed ANSI standard is under final review. Components of the standard include protective gear requirements, a certified roll-over protective structure, a minimum of three point seatbelts for each seating position, and multiple lateral stability criteria.

ROHVA has created a web page - Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association - for enthusiasts and industry representatives that contains explanations of ROHVA's position on ROV standards and links to important documents. The page also contains a link and other resources to facilitate stakeholders' submission of comments on the CPSC's ANPR.

"ROV stakeholders need to be heard on whether the appropriate next step to establish ROV standards is moving forward with CPSC-imposed mandatory federal standards or instead gaining experience under the ANSI standards and promoting the ROV Safety Rules available at www.rohva.org," said Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice president.

The ANSI standard development process involves a variety of interests including CPSC and other government representatives, industry, consumers and others. Participants reach a consensus on an appropriate ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and performance requirements.

ROHVA has met several times with CPSC staff in an effort to address their concerns about the ANSI standard.

"ROHVA appreciates the Commissioners' and CPSC staff's interest in and willingness to discuss key technical issues, and our dialogue has been productive," Vitrano said. "While there is agreement between CPSC and ROHVA on many aspects of ROV standards, there continues to be disagreement over some important technical issues, including vehicle stability, vehicle handling and occupant protection and retention."

Vitrano concluded, "It also should be noted that the overwhelming majority of ROV operators and passengers use the vehicles safely and responsibly and benefit from the unique recreational and utility capabilities of these vehicles."

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association.
 
Re: ROHVA Urges Enthusiasts & Industry to Comment on CPSC's ROV Rulemaking?

This very thing was posted on Truth About Rhino - very important for everyone to comment - let's keep the government out of making rules for a product they don't even fully understand and keep it up to the OEMs who have actual hands on experience with UTVs!!
 

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