Comments Sought on Federal Proposal for UTV Standards


A UTV association backed by four manufacturers is encouraging people to submit comments by March 15 in response to the CPSC’s proposed mandatory standards for UTVs capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30 mph (vehicles the commission refers to as ROVs).

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) previously disagreed with the CPSC’s October 2009 vote to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for mandatory ROV standards. The association called the action premature because an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process to develop ROV standards had been underway.

The ANSI process has now been completed, and the proposed standard is under final review. Components of the standard include protective gear requirements, a certified roll-over protective structure, a minimum of three-point seatbelts for each seating position, and multiple lateral stability criteria.

ROHVA has created a web page — — explaining its position and linking to important documents. The page also contains a link and other resources to facilitate stakeholders’ submission of comments on the CPSC’s ANPR.

“ROV stakeholders need to be heard on whether the appropriate next step to establish ROV standards is moving forward with CPSC-imposed mandatory federal standards or instead gaining experience under the ANSI standards and promoting the ROV Safety Rules available at," Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice president, stated in a press release.

The ANSI process involves a variety of interests, including CPSC and other government representatives, industry members, consumers and others. According to ROHVA, participants reach a consensus on an appropriate ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and performance requirements.

ROHVA says it has met several times with CPSC staff to address their concerns about the ANSI standard.

“ROHVA appreciates the commissioners’ and CPSC staff’s interest in and willingness to discuss key technical issues, and our dialogue has been productive,” Vitrano said. “While there is agreement between CPSC and ROHVA on many aspects of ROV standards, there continues to be disagreement over some important technical issues, including vehicle stability, vehicle handling and occupant protection and retention.”

ROHVA is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the ANSI to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha.

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Posted by Arlo Redwine