The U.S Government Wants To Mandate Design Standards- Take Action NOW Hot
There is a game afoot, that all of us off-road enthusiasts must take action against. Simply put, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission is trying to mandate that all side-by-side OFF-ROAD vehicles meet the same design standards as ON ROAD Vehicles. Any one with common sense can identify that this is not a good idea. We are all-for safety standards, but the last thing we need is off-road vehicles handling like on-road vehicles. In fact, that is just counter-intuitive, when the words come out of one's mouth! Doing this will result in our side-by-sides and UTVs being more dangerous off-road than before. WE MUST TAKE ACTION ON THIS ASAP!!!!! Please take a minute to look over the materials below summarizing what effects these standards will have, and then click on the link a SPEAK OUT while we can. Tell your Congressman to vote against this proposal. Go to www.stoptherovmandate.com . Below is the Polaris press release about it, as well as a summary of the proposed mandates.
Polaris Press Release
Polaris today asked off-road enthusiasts to stand up and let their voices be heard regarding the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) proposed mandates for off-road, side-by-side vehicles (ROVs).
Despite willingness by Polaris and other manufacturers, along with the Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), to work in unison with the CPSC to develop ongoing safety improvements for all off-highway vehicles, the CPSC appears determined to mandate handling and performance capabilities, and require excessive and potentially unsafe restraint systems for future ROVs. If not halted, the mandate will unnecessarily limit design freedom in the off-road industry and negatively impact off-road customers.
The proposed CPSC “rule” would require Polaris and other manufacturers to make arbitrary design changes to all future side-by-side vehicles. The proposed changes could lead to future off-road vehicles with reduced steering response, reduction in ground clearance, and more restrictive driver and passenger restraint and seatbelt systems.
“As an off-road community, we have a tremendous challenge in front of us,” said Paul Vitrano, VP, global government relations for Polaris. “As a unified community, we can protect our right to design, build and ride for today and the future.”
Polaris is asking off-road enthusiasts to reach out to Congress, and voice their opposition. More information about the proposed mandate and how to speak out can be found at www.StopTheROVMandate.com. Also be sure to voice your opinion on the CPSC Contact Form at www.cpsc.gov/About-CPSC/Contact-Information/Contact-Specific-Offices-and-Public-Information/Information-Center/.