Deadline Nears to Comment on New UTV Standard

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This is the last week to comment on a new industry-backed UTV standard that would be voluntary and apply only to units capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30 mph. In October, a federal agency began the process for its own mandatory standard (see links at bottom), but the government could still defer to the industry’s solution.

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), a nonprofit association founded by four OEMs, says it’s working with the industry and other interested parties to develop a voluntary American National Standard (ANSI/ROHVA 1-200X) that addresses the design and performance of ROVs sold in North America.

The proposed standard is open for public review and comment by directly and materially affected persons. The comment period closes Saturday, Dec. 7. Printed review copies are available from ROHVA for $60. To request a copy, contact ROHVA at (949) 255-2560, ext. 3023.

The ANSI standard development process requires involvement from a variety of interests. Participants, from the U.S. and Canada, include the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (the agency mentioned earlier) and other government representatives, industry members, consumers and other interested parties. Through the ANSI process, managed by ROHVA, those participants are scheduled to reach consensus on an ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and performance requirements.

According to ROHVA, the balloting of the first draft of the standard was completed July 27, 2009. Comments were received as part of the balloting process and were reviewed and responded to by letter. All accepted comments have been included in the current proposed standard dated Oct. 12.

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Posted by Arlo Redwine