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House Votes to Keep Motorcycle Lobbying Ban

Thursday, June 12, 2014
American Motorcyclist Association
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill late Tuesday that reaffirms Congress' intent to prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from lobbying states and state legislators on motorcycle safety matters, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

H.R. 4745 -- the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act -- originally contained a provision that would have permitted the NHSTA to spend tax money to try to convince states to adopt mandatory motorcycle helmet laws and to impose other unnecessary regulations on motorcyclists.

The ban has been in place since 1995.

U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) offered the amendment to strike Section 102 of H.R. 4745. The amended bill passed on a vote of 229-192, with 10 members not voting.

"As a rider, I know that educating riders and the driving public is the best way to keep motorcyclists safe," Walberg said. "I've always thought that what you put between your ears is equally as important as what you put on your head or body, and I'm glad the House passed this commonsense amendment so we can focus on promoting motorcycle safety, not wasting more taxpayer dollars."

Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations, applauded the change.

"We are happy that the House members accepted the language in the amendment," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. "Lifting the ban on NHSTA lobbying would have given Washington bureaucrats free rein to spend taxpayer money to lobby states and legislators to create laws that infringe on our rights as motorcyclists."

The Senate version of the appropriations bill remains under consideration.

The AMA believes that adults should have the right to voluntarily decide when to wear a helmet. The AMA does not oppose laws requiring helmets for minor motorcycle operators and passengers. The AMA asserts that helmet use alone is insufficient to ensure a motorcyclist's safety. To read the AMA's full position on voluntary helmet use, visit this site: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/PositionStatements/VoluntaryHelmetUse.aspx.

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BikerLawyer   June 19, 2014 10:01 AM
While I don't necessarily agree with allowing the NHTSA to use tax dollars to lobby state legislatures to change existing laws, I do think they should continue to spend time and resources educating the public on motorcycle safety issues. There are still far too many bikers in the U.S. who are seriously injured, disabled or killed each year due to preventable motor vehicle collisions. For news and information on motorcycle safety go to: http://www.scoop.it/t/california-motorcycle-accident-attorney-news
wildpig   June 15, 2014 11:43 AM
so many freedom haters in America and in the m/c community. I can think of 1 manufacter that you are expected to dress like an ASStronaut to ride their over priced, recall prevelant, over engineered bikes safely. ride the way you want to, be responsible for your own actions.