By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate has introduced SEMA-supported legislation directing the National Academy of Sciences to study requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for recreational off-highway vehicles.
SEMA-supported legislation (HR 999; S 1040) has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives 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 mph.
The CPSC’s proposal includes restrictive lateral stability and vehicle-handling requirements that could potentially limit vehicle use. 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. The industry standard recognizes that there are a wide variety of uses and terrains for which ROVs are constructed, from utility to recreation.