MRF July 2018 Update
By Andy Kelly
On May 15, 2018, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation held the 10th annual “Bikers inside the Beltway.” Attendees from ABATE of PA were myself, Lenny Young, Frank Carbone, Kevin and Peggy Snyder, Philip Woods, Dave “Irish” and Fayanne Dohrmann. There were others from clubs in the state, but I never had the opportunity to spend any time with them on the very busy day we had.
The four main issues being discussed were:
1. Co-Sponsor House Resolution 318 or Senate Resolution154: Measures that raise awareness and address concerns over motorcycle profiling. (Congressmen Thompson is a cosponsor)
2. Urge leadership to bring the RPM Act (H.R. 35 or S.203) to the floor for a vote (Congressmen Thompson is a cosponsor)
3. Support the inclusion and consideration of motorcycles in regulations and laws governing highly automated vehicles (HAVs) such as in the AV START Act (S.1885)
4. Provide better education and relief for motorcycle riders surrounding higher blends of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply
It is now your turn to help keep the ball rolling. Everyone needs to contact their legislator in Washington DC and tell then what you want.
The Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Resolution needs your support. If you have not gone to the MRF website, clicked onto Legislative then Legislative Action Center, and then clicked “Take Action,” and then signed onto the call to action please do. Better yet, write your Congressmen or Senator.
While you have your legislator’s attention, ask them to urge the leadership in Congress to bring the RPM Act to the floor, for a vote, and keep the EPA away from your motorcycle.
Let’s not forget about getting support to have motorcycles included in any kind of automated cars. When you say automated, you are including the cars out there that claim they will stop automatically, but don’t detect motorcycle, bicycles, or people jay walking two out of five times. All I can say is, I hope no one is in front of a distracted driver thinking that the brakes will work automatically.
Just the other day, the President cut a deal to make sure that he kept his promise to the corn people and increase the level of Ethanol in our motorcycle fuel tanks from E10 to E15. We cannot let this happen! We must make sure that E10 or LESS is always available at any Fuel pumps!
A week or so later Representatives Austin Scott (GA.), and Lois Frankel (FL) introduced the “Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act” (HR-5855). This legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency to expand consumer awareness on how to safely use fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol including labeling, fuel pump safeguards, and education outreach. Specifically, the legislation would:
1. Revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15
2. Solicit input and requirements for these revised labels from industries that manufacture vehicles, engines, and equipment prohibited from using E15, including boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, MOTORCYCLES, and snowmobiles.
3. Include the word “WARNING” on the labels, which shall be no smaller than 5 by 7 inches.
4. Include pictograms on the labels that depict specific products that are prohibited from using E15 including a boat, lawnmower, chainsaw, MOTORCYCLE, and snowmobile.
5. Include other indicators on the labels developed by the Administrator in consultation with the American National Standards Institute.
6. Focus groups test these labels to ensure their effectiveness.
7. Develop and commence a public education campaign, in consultation with the affected industries, that provide adequate awareness of risks associated with E15 and the vehicles, engines, and equipment prohibited from using E15
8. Include outreach to consumers at the point of sale, prior to dispensing, in the public education campaign.
9. Submit a report to Congress no later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, regarding public education efforts and including data and metrics on consumer awareness of appropriate use of E15.
I would like to remind everyone the importance of keeping an eye on what is happening in Washington DC., and how your support is needed through your membership. Therefore, if you are a member of the MRF, thank you, and if you are not a member please become one.