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UN passes resolution on global road rules

UN passes resolution on global road rules
Resolution supported by the U.S. ambassador

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The United Nations’ General Assembly passed a resolution April 10 titled “Improving Global Road Safety.”Ambassador Suzanne Powers, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, agreed to cosponsor the resolution that “calls for laws to fight texting and driving.” Her official remarks can be viewed by clicking here.

However, the resolution also contains language calling for mandatory helmet laws and harmonization of vehicle regulations in the name of “safety.” This resolution is non-binding, but the American Motorcyclist Association wants you to be aware of the international momentum for laws and regulations that might affect you in the future.

The resolution encourages member states “that have not yet done so to consider enacting comprehensive legislation on key risk factors for road traffic injuries, including the disregard for road signs and signals, the non-use of helmets… ” (See PP27, No. 5, p. 4).

It also commends the work of the UN Economic Commission for Europe for its “continuous work of the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations to modify vehicle regulations to increase safety performance” (See PP14, p. 2).

Much of the work performed by this body is worthwhile. However, some agenda items may interfere with your right to customize your motorcycle.

The distracted driving language calls for member states to enact comprehensive legislation concerning inappropriate use of cell phones, including texting, while driving…” (See PP27, No. 5, p. 5).

The AMA supports efforts to curtail distracted driving, which presents a serious threat to motorcyclists. Working together, we can better help the nation’s drivers acknowledge the presence of motorcyclists on our roads and highways and thereby increase the safety of all travelers.

However, these items should be addressed at the federal or state level, not at the United Nations. The AMA will continue to watch out for you — the rider — even at the international level!

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling and ATV riding. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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