Federal Legislation Would Prevent Over Regulation of Recreational Off Highway Vehicles


Federal Legislation Would Prevent Over-Regulation of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

Legislation (HR 999/S 1040) has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).  ROVs generally accommodate a side-by-side driver/passenger in a compartment equipped with roll bars and can attain speeds greater than 30 miles-per-hour.  The CPSC’s proposal includes restrictive lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that could potentially limit use.  The NAS would be required to study whether the requirements are necessary or if they actually undermine ROV capabilities and intended uses. 

We Urge You to Contact Your U.S. Representative and Senators to Request Support for HR 999 & S 1040
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  • HR 999/S 1040 ignore the fact that ROVs are currently subject to a universally-recognized industry standard developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) which have been effective at protecting OHV riders.
  • HR 999/S 1040 recognize that an industry standard allows more flexibility than a government mandate for future design changes to safely provide the level of performance that is expected by ROV enthusiasts. 
  • HR 999/S 1040 place a hold on CPSC’s proposed mandatory rule pending the NAS study.  The CPSC’s proposed rule is based upon old test data from 2010, while the ANSI standard is based on 2014 data.  The CPSC’s proposal is not supported by science and could potentially limit whether the vehicles are available for certain terrains and applications.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact your one U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators in Washington, DC immediately to request their support for HR 999/S 1040.  Please email a copy of your letter to Eric Snyder at erics@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow ROV enthusiasts.  Thank you for your assistance.

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