LEGISLATIVE

 
Ethanol - Comments Due August 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My fellow Idahoans that ride. This is important because using E-15 will kill your engine and then you wouldn't be able to ride. I urge you all to sent the letter through this link which is provided.

MRF Reps/Board/Executive Directors and SSMRO Leaders:

In case you missed it, yesterday a call to action went out concerning EPA's latest activity with regard to ethanol.

EPA's recently released 2018 proposal calls on refiners to blend 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol in 2018, adhering to the statutory requirement and unchanged from the final 2017 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rule. In addition, EPA is proposing to lower the cellulosic ethanol requirement to 238 million gallons in its 2018 rule.  While this is a positive step forward, it signals that now could be the time to pressure the Agency to ENSURE that our motorcycles are protected by ALWAYS requiring E0 or E10 options at the pump AND provide for more consumer education to ensure misfuelling does not occur.

Yesterday, the Agency conducted a hearing, where your MRF provided written testimony.

Let's keep this momentum - please use our ENGAGE software to send comments to the EPA. The letter is already drafted and just needs your name and information.

You can do so by clicking here:
http://cqrcengage.com/mrf/app/ act-on-a-regulation?1& engagementId=384013

LET"S GET THE WORD OUT!

Subject: Now's Your Chance to Tell the EPA About Your Concerns Over Ethanol - Comments Due August 31!

In the last several years, we have seen increasingly higher blends of ethanol like E10 and E15 showing up at the pump. However, these higher blends, specifically E15, have not been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in small engines like those in motorcycles. Studies have shown the potential of clogged in-tank pumps and filters as well as potential damage to fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats, as well as to carburetors.

As a result, the EPA banned the use of E15 and higher blends of ethanol in small engines, effectively making its use illegal in a number of instances. In turn, many of the manufacturers of smaller engine vehicles and equipment started including statements that warranties would be voided if E15 was used.

Last month, the EPA actually proposed a reduction in the amount of biofuels, like ethanol, used in the U.S. marketplace.

While this activity is encouraging, the proposed volumes are still extremely high - sitting at levels that our motorcycles cannot handle.

We need your help - Comment on the EPA proposal to let them know while it's a start, it's not good enough!

Comment on the Proposal! (http://cqrcengage.com/mrf/ app/take-action?engagementId= 384013&ep= AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAx8VUBOLhid7 NXrKWxWxR3e4F0cJ_GgXYORK_ TsmdsEkHfuAPUfurjqUMQbr_ ZrpLgV4COpI- 82l5H7WbzpJVFhvmOhXeMhoJ3D8yP4 UHhWvM&lp=0)

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Deadly days show that Idaho needs a mandatory motorcycle helmet law
BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    JULY 29, 2017 10:45 PM
    Idaho requires all drivers and passengers in a car to buckle their seat belts. Our state requires children under 18 to wear a helmet when on a motorcycle. We mandate that all ATV users 16 and under wear a helmet.
    But adult motorcycle riders get to put themselves and society at risk by not wearing helmets. And the rest of us pay the price.
    Idaho needs to change that, by passing a law requiring all riders to wear a helmet. And Idaho will need a legislative champion willing to push a bill in the face of what will be tough opposition from passionate motorcyclists.
    The period between Memorial and Labor days is often called the 100 deadliest days, and Idaho is proving that this year. Idaho has seen 15 motorcycle fatalities since Memorial Day.
    On average, almost half of the serious motorcycle accidents are in summer. But helmetless riders are at risk year-round. Between 2011 and 2015, Idaho saw 118 motorcycle fatalities; just over half of those people were not wearing helmets. A little over half of those accidents involved only a motorcycle, not a car or a truck as a factor in the fatality.

    There’s a debate to be had over the proper role of government in telling adults how to live their lives. But there’s little debate over the effectiveness of helmets, and the arguments are similar to those about seat belts, which we’ve required since 1986. No, they don’t save all lives in all crashes. The rider who died in last Sunday’s crash at Galena summit that involved five riders and three bikes was wearing her helmet.

    But this summer’s rash of accidents and fatalities has to prompt Idaho to take a new look at its law. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safetythe Centers for Disease Control and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that helmets work: They reduce the chance of death by 37 percent and the risk of head injury by 69 percent. And while helmet laws were widespread in the 1970s, today just 19 states mandate use by all riders (that’s 28 states if, like Idaho, young riders are included).
    Motorcycle advocates have been effective in making this an issue about freedom and government overreach, rolling back helmet laws across the country. Idaho pared back its laws to cover just children in 1978.

    We understand the independence that motorcyclists seek. We understand that freedom-minded riders bristle at the heavy hand of government. We understand they are adults who don’t want to be told how to ride.

    We also understand that helmets don’t prevent accidents, don’t prevent all brain injuries and don’t save riders from internal and other injuries.

    But the small loss of freedom they represent is outweighed by the large benefit to riders involved in crashes, the families they love and support, and the larger society that can end up with the burden of caring and paying for victims and injuries. If a death involves a breadwinner, society can have to pick up the cost for public assistance and other safety-net benefits.

    The CDC estimates that helmets saved 1,722 lives in 2015 alone, and would have saved another 740 riders if all motorcyclists had been wearing helmets. The estimated loss to crashes with helmetless riders totals $1 billion a year, the National Center for Statistics and Analysis found in 2015.

    We’re all for preserving freedoms for adults when those freedoms don’t impinge on others. But the costs of these preventable injuries is a cost to all of society.

    Helmetless riders choose to live a riskier life, knowing that asphalt is unforgiving. But they also are choosing to impose part of that risk on the rest of us, when society is called upon to help a grieving family or injured riders survive the accident. The bikers’ unilateral imposition of risk on the general public gives our lawmakers license to control that risk through tougher helmet laws.

    Is there a way to guarantee riders freedom while also guaranteeing taxpayers and insurance-paying citizens they won’t end up carrying the costs for lifetime costs for injured riders? We’d be willing to listen: Can bikers buy insurance policies that ensure that their lifetime costs are covered in case of a serious brain injury?

Against mandatory helmet law: ‘It should be our own choice’

For mandatory helmet law: Requiring helmets would save lives and money in Idaho

Helmets, of course, aren’t the only way to be safe. Cyclists should outfit themselves properly and take classes like Idaho STAR to start or sharpen their riding. It’s not like riding a bike: Cornering, braking and steering are different and demand that riders recognize their skill level. Newer, younger, out-of-practice riders may not be ready for Idaho’s challenging winding mountain roads.

So yes, safety is much, much more than wearing a helmet. But that’s where Idaho can start.
Unsigned editorials represent the opinion of the Statesman’s editorial board.
YOU CAN LEARN TO RIDE SAFELY


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The MRF’s Bikers in the Beltway
August 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Idaho Statesman Editorial Response

On July 31st I sent out an editorial published in the Statesman which called for a helmet law in Idaho to reduce motorcycle fatalities. 

While the State motorcycle rights organizations are very supportive of wearing the correct gear while riding motorcycles, the ultimate decision of whether or not to wear such gear rests with the motorcyclist as a matter of choice. Motorcycle training, to reduce the likelihood of a crash in the first place, seems to be a much better deterrent than making crashes safer.

Below is the response to said editorial. As of today, this letter to the editorial staff has not been published.

"Helmet Laws
Motorcycle helmet laws are not the panacea to reducing fatalities. Personal responsibility is the answer. I have analyzed all fatal crash reports since 2009.  74% of fatal crashes are the fault of the rider. 36% involve alcohol or illegal drugs. 38% of Idaho licensed riders were not endorsed. Only 19% of Idaho licensed riders had taken rider training in Idaho. 56% of riders didn’t have a helmet. 43% did. Motorcycle fatality crashes are particularly violent. It is a rare occurrence that those involved suffer only a head injury. Just because the rider had no helmet doesn’t mean they would have survived with one.

While fatalities have increased since the 17 lost in 2011 it must be noted that 2011 was an anomaly. The facts are that fatalities have remained relatively flat on average over the last ten years. Ranging up to 34 in 2009.

The way to save lives is for riders to ride unimpaired and improve their skills by taking experienced rider training classes. A beginner’s course is just that, a beginning. Riders of all skill levels will improve by taking additional training. Get endorsed through training.
Lane Triplett
Government Relations Officer

Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety"

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The MRF’s Bikers in the Beltway
May 22, 2017

I arrived in D.C. two days prior to the lobbying day in order to participate in MRF committee meetings and attend the MRF Board of Directors meeting. The night before the lobbying day an orientation was held by the MRF to familiarize the participating bikers about the next day’s activities and distribute the position papers on issues to be discussed with the legislators. There were over thirty (30) states represented by more than 100 bikers. The bikers came from States’ Motorcycle Rights Organizations (SMROs), independents, and an assortment of clubs. There were lots of patches and a whole lot of leather. It was quite a sight because the next day when we walked the halls of congress all the elected officials, staffers, lobbyists and the engaged public were wearing their “uniforms”, i.e. suits, ties and skirts. We were walking the halls in black leather and cuts.

We knew months ago that we had only one day set aside to go “eyeball to eyeball” with the legislators and their staffs in D.C. I started setting up the meetings with the four Federal delegates from Idaho, Senators Crapo and Risch and Congressmen Labrador and Simpson 3 months prior. These people have incredibly full schedules, constituents in and out all day long and I wanted to make sure that Duane and I had appointments with all four offices on lobbying day. I wanted 15 minutes of their time to make our points and I had to prioritize the issues we would present. We had six primary subjects:

............ (1) Increased Ethanol in the fuel supply
............ (2) A law to end motorcycle profiling
............ (3) Representation on the Motorcycle Advisory Council
............ (4) A Federal definition of a Motorcycle (to the exclusion of Autocycle)
............ (5) The RPM Act
............ (6) Autonomous Vehicle testing DoT to ensure motorcycle recognition)
 
.......................... (Links to the text of the six issues will be available shortly on the MRF website at MRF.org)

http://mrf.org/legislative-agenda-2/

Evidently we had done our homework because after presenting the first two subjects the staffs wanted to hear all our issues. We had more than 35 minutes in each office.  As we walked out, the waiting rooms were full of constituents waiting to see their representatives. Their appointment calendars seemed to have gotten a little behind schedule. Three of the four legislators were in committee meetings or on the floor of the House or Senate and were unable to meet but we did meet with two Chiefs of Staff (the gate keepers), one legislative director, and four legislative assistants and with Senator Risch who responded to the two EPA issues with “You’re preaching to the choir”.  

The process took all day with a lot of walking but when we finished our last meeting Duane and I discussed the day and agreed that the day appeared to have been a success. We were able to present all our talking points, established name and sight recognition with the people that make our Federal government in Washington D.C. work. The feedback we received all throughout the day was positive and the communication that I have had with the offices since has been more immediate and responsive. As to whether the day was truly a success, it will be proven by legislative decisions and future actions of our Idaho delegates. As they say, “the proof is in the pudding”.

I would like to thank each of Idaho’s MRF members, all of Idaho’s motorcyclists  and especially each and every member of ABATE of North Idaho for the financial support to represent them before our elected officials in Washington D.C.

I think we’re making a difference in D.C.  Like the ole’ quip goes, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”, and Idaho’s motorcyclists are definitely at the legislative table.

Dave Cazel

ANI- Legislative liaison
...MRF-Idaho Asst. Rep.


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March 2017
After successfully passing the House 69-0, and passing the Senate committee 8-3, the Idaho Motorcycling Profiling legislation failed  on the Senate floor, 13-22.


Helpful Links 
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American Motorcyclist Association
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Idaho Coalition For Motorcycle Safety

A strike for freedom from bikers in Idaho. This bill was read by the committee on Feb. and unanimously passed by committee yesterday. On to the house and senate.





 

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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation

 

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National Coalition of Motorcyclist

NCOM Newsbites
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ABATE of Southern Idaho



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