MIC gives Congress 4,000 letters opposing youth ATV ban

INDIANAPOLIS – Representatives from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) said they delivered nearly 4,000 letters to Congress on Thursday signed by motorcycle industry professionals who have been impacted by the lead provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The letters were signed and collected at this week’s Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis.

“Our Industry has a voice and we believe Congress is hearing us loud and clear,” MIC Chairman Larry Little said in a release. “The timing of the show couldn’t have been better given the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recent recommendations.”

The CPSC recently requested flexibility to grant exclusions from the lead content limit to address certain products, including youth vehicles, in a Jan. 15 report to Congress.

“We are headed in the right direction, but we still need to have our voice heard,” MIC General Counsel Paul Vitrano said in the release. “We encourage every rider and everyone in the industry to weigh in. The Expo in Indianapolis was a great kick-off, but there are still opportunities to urge Congress to stop the ban.”

The letters were delivered to Chairman Rockefeller, D-W.V., and Ranking Member
Hutchison, R-Texas, of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and to Chairman Waxman, D-Calif., and Ranking Member Joe Barton, R-Texas, of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.

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