First standards for UTV established

Initial benchmarks for UTV vehicle design, configuration and performance have now been established, according to a national industry group press release.

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) obtained approval March 5 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the first worldwide standard for recreational off-highway vehicles, known as UTVs and side-by-sides.

To allow it to continue to address UTV performance criteria, ROHVA initiated the ANSI process for revising the newly approved standard on March 9. As part of the revision process, ROHVA also will continue its efforts to solicit and exchange information and views with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its staff. “We are pleased to have completed the initial version of the standard and look forward to the participation of the ANSI consensus body in the revision process,” said ROHVA Chairman, Mike Schmitt.

ROHVA has drafted model state legislation that would mandate compliance with the ROV Safety Rules (www.rohva.org). ROHVA also is developing an online learning program to further convey and instill critical safety messages.

For more on the new safety standards, see an upcoming issue of Powersports Business.

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