Motorcycle Industry Council Applauds Subcommittee Passage of Draft Legislation that Would Stop the Ban on Youth Off-Highway Vehicles

IRVINE, CA – May 12, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) applauds the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade’s quick action on the “Enhancing CPSC Authority and Discretion Act of 2011” (ECADA) discussion draft. The Subcommittee passed the draft bill today and referred it to the full Energy and Commerce Committee. MIC also thanks Subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) for her leadership on reform of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and her support for clear, complete and permanent relief for the powersports industry and riders.

In a letter yesterday to Rep. Bono Mack, MIC General Counsel Paul Vitrano wrote, “While we continue to believe that the best way to ensure the continued availability of youth off-highway vehicles is to categorically exclude them from the lead content provisions, this proposed legislation, if enacted as drafted, would provide welcome relief and improve safety.”

Following today’s Subcommittee mark-up, Vitrano added, “MIC and its members reiterate their strong support for ECADA and urge its quick passage by the Energy and Commerce Committee.”

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

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