MRF February Update
By Andy Kelly
At the time I am writing this 2017 is coming to an end. I will take this opportunity to write about what the MRF has accomplished this year.
The MRF was instrumental in helping get House Resolution 318 and Senate Resolution 154 introduced. This legislation addressed this issue. It promoted public awareness and urged State Law Enforcement officials to condemn the practice of Motorcycle Profiling in written policies and training materials. Presently, the only cosigner is Congressmen Glen Thompson from Pa.
Even though Pennsylvania has separated Autocycles from Motorcycles it is still an issue at the National level. The MRF expressed our concern about the separation to Congress and the authorities at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). In August, when the 5th edition of the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC), a standardized document, issued to all 50 states, used to describe motor vehicle crashes was issued, for the first time ever, the autocycle was identified as a separate class of vehicle distinct from motorcycles.
Without any national legislation or regulations addressing the safety of these vehicles, your MRF has been sounding the alarm to the lawmakers by identifying our concerns related to the ability of autonomous vehicles to detect and respond to motorcycles.
So other food for thought. The Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on their goal “Road to Zero” among other federal agencies. The Road to Zero has a stated goal of ending any fatalities on our nation’s roads within 30 years and smart vehicles is one of the tools the Feds are planning on using. So, with that in mind what will the Bureaucrats in D.C. do if they can’t make motorcycles fit their goals?
These are all examples of why we need the MRF in Washington D.C. and your support of the MRF.
The last issue I am going to write about is something that I feel is very important and I should not say not any more important than any of the above issues but one I feel is not getting any attention and is steadily creeping in to our gas stations which is E10, E15 and E85.
No Congressman from Pennsylvania has signed on to co-sponsor H.R.777. “To provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes.”
As much as I would like to see ethanol out of our gasoline I don’t think it will ever happen, but we must make sure that we keep the availability of E10 or even E0. I rode the back roads through Nebraska and Iowa in 2017 on the way to Sturgis, and was very surprised how many gas stations in these small farming committees had E0. The farmers know what it does to their small engines and are making sure it is available to them to raise corn to make ethanol to sell to city folks.
You can help with these issues by becoming a member of the MRF and attending the only National Motorcycle Lobby day held in our nation’s capital. It is the Bikers Inside the Beltway, held on May 15, 2018. The lobby preparation session will be held on the evening of May 14.