The BlueRibbon Coalition recently sent out a letter asking its members from across the country to take time to read the following request from the Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA). The comment period on CPSC's proposed rulemaking for side-by-sides ends today, June 19.
BRC's Don Amador asked members to contact Congress because federal regulators were trying to impose their "street-oriented" view on side-by-side users with rules that could hinder recreational side-by-side activities. BRC believes it is also important to keep pressure on the CPSC by commenting on their rule making process and "urging them to abandon its efforts to move forward with the proposed mandatory requirements."
The following is the original alert from the ARRA:
Please visit Regulations.gov to submit comments on CPSC's proposed mandatory product standard for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), commonly referred to as side-by-sides. Sample comments available below.
The only way to submit comments electronically is through regulations.gov. To proceed directly to the page to submit comments click here:
Should that link not work for you, please click regulations.gov and search for CPSC-2009-0087, which is the docket number for this rulemaking.
Please submit comments on or before June 19!
For more information/background click here.
Office of the Secretary
To whom it may concern:
Please accept the following comments on CPSC-2009-0087 — CPSC's proposed rulemaking titled Safety Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs).
As an outdoor enthusiast I urge you to abandon efforts to move forward with the proposed mandatory requirements for ROVs.
These vehicles are safe when operated in the manner intended by manufacturers. Further, it is my understanding that voluntary standards are preferred, at least in part because changes to mandatory standards require a lengthy and tedious process which would make it extremely difficult to update the standards as technology evolves.
I understand that there are some disagreements on a narrow set of issues between CPSC staff and ROV industry engineers. While I recognize CPSC is well-intentioned, I also trust ROV manufacturers and their engineers to develop safe, capable products. I am concerned that the proposed rulemaking may have unintended and negative safety consequences if it is adopted.
I urge you to discontinue efforts to pursue a mandatory standard for ROVs, and instead work collaboratively with the ROV industry to develop the voluntary standards.
Thank you for your consideration.