Cycle Enthusiasts Work to Get the Lead Out of a Controversial Law!

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December 15, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

There’s a law out there that’s flying under the radar of most bikers, and on the surface it appears to be a small issue. Truth is, it could have a big impact on the motorcycle community. But before I get there, a little background is in order.

In August of 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed into law. Known as “the lead law,” the intent was to protect children from harmful amounts of lead in toys and other products. That’s a good thing, but unfortunately, the law goes too far by encompassing kids’ dirt bikes and ATV’s due to the lead content in motorcycle batteries and other parts.

Logic tells us we don’t want to see our toddlers chewing on a rubber ducky painted with lead-based paint. But that same logic tells us the likelihood of a youngster chewing on the battery of a dirt bike is pretty slim. The effects of this law have been dramatic. Besides making it tough to get the young ones on  a motorcycle and promoting our  passion as motorcyclist— it has hurt manufacturers and dealers who are already battling a tough economy. The bike makers and dealers find themselves overstocked with the vehicles they produced or bought and paid for and then weren’t allowed to sell.

After a few months of this lunacy, Malcolm Smith got involved.  Fellow blog author Lowell Anderson accurately describes him as a “motorcycling legend and advocate of common sense.” Because of Malcolm’s involvement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a stay. That sounds great, but under conditions of the stay, it’s still illegal to sell the bikes but they aren’t subject to the penalties of the original law. That means if the authorities deem a sale is in fact illegal, they have the option of prosecuting the dealer.

So where does this leave us? The stay for distribution and sales will expire on May 1, 2011, at which time we’ll have to start the process all over again, wasting more taxpayer dollars on what seems like a common sense issue. What can you do to help? Contact your state representatives and ask them to support H.R. 1587, which will exempt youth motorcycles and ATVs from this confusing and arbitrary legislation.

Motorcycling parents and their kids will thank you.

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Rock the vote! Follow this link and let your congressperson know how you feel:

http://www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/rapidresponse.asp

The added problem to these socalled reps. of ours is -the EPA and that self serving president in the white house. If they can’t get it done thru the congress then they will slip it in the back door by executive order or by the many powers the courts have given the EPA. This is true not only with ref: to the topic of today but many other facits of our lives!! To much power to too few people. Something needs to be changed – somehow!!
Mickey Floyd

If you think long and hard, especially us Vets that fought to have a better country and for the protection of it’s citizens, you will all come to the conclusion that our forefathers came to. … A little Anarchy once in awhile is a good thing. It is the Stupid, Ignorant, self serving government that we now have that could stand a little overthrow. To protect ourselves from this kind of garbage, the people should bite the proverbial bullet and vote out EVERYONE now in office and replace them. The corruption, immoral behavior, and service to the highest paying corporation or interest group that walks through the House or Senate door needs to be stopped. The motorcycling public is a great big group and it has power, Use it. Remember when they said we were the people your parents warned you about, … Well lets be the people that the citizens tell the Government that they should be warned about. The next election is less than 2 years away. If they don’t stand for common sense or doing the REAL right thing don’t vote for them. “Nuff” said, off my soap box now, but act accordingly.grectiro near

If you think long and hard, especially us Vets that fought to have a better country and for the protection of it’s citizens, you will all come to the conclusion that our forefathers came to. … A little Anarchy once in awhile is a good thing. It is the Stupid, Ignorant, self serving government that we now have that could stand a little overthrow. To protect ourselves from this kind of garbage, the people should bite the proverbial bullet and vote EVERYONE now in office and replace them. The corruption, immoral behavior, and service to the highest paying corporation or interest group that walks through the House or Senate door needs to be stopped. The motorcycling public is a great big group and it has power, Use it. Remember when they said we were the people your parents warned you about, … Well lets be the people that the citizens tell the Government that they should be warned about. The next election is less than 2 years away. If they don’t stand for common sense or doing the REAL right thing don’t vote for them. “Nuff” said, off my soap box now, but act accordingly.grectiro near

Connecticut had a seatbelt law for bikes. I think it lasted a day or two. If ill informed bureaucrats can dream it, they are likely to pass it. I don’t have young kids anymore, but I’ll call my representatives and do what I can. I hate morons.

thanks guys for staying on top of the most ludacris government the world has to offer… These bloated goons are a disgrace to our forefathers that wrote our constitution to allow us to protect the citizens from a overpowering and unwelcome gov… we need more folks like you to help translate the jargon they speak while filling their faces with taxpayer funded food

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