SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 9, February 26, 2015

Federal Legislation Would Pump the Brakes on CPSC’s Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rule

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives directing the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the handling requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
   

SEMA-supported legislation (HR 999) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives directing the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the handling requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). ROVs generally accommodate a side-by-side driver/passenger in a compartment equipped with roll bars and can attain speeds greater than 30 mph.

The legislation would postpone further action on the CPSC’s proposed rule pending the analysis. SEMA has joined with many other companies and organizations to support an alternative industry ROV standard that is very similar to the CPSC rule but which does not stifle future design innovations and potentially limit use. The industry standard recognizes that there are a wide variety of uses and terrains for which ROVs are constructed, from utility to recreation.

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Eric Snyder at erics@sema.org.

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