The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) is 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 ANSI standard development process requires involvement from a variety of interests. Participants involved in the process, from the US and Canada, include the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other government representatives, industry, consumers and other interested parties. Through the ANSI process, managed by ROHVA, those participants will reach consensus on an appropriate ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and performance requirements.
The proposed standard will address design, configuration and performance aspects of ROVs, including, among other items, requirements for accelerator, clutch and gearshift controls; engine and fuel cutoff devices; lighting; tires; service and parking brake/parking mechanism performance; lateral and pitch stability; occupant handholds and Roll-Over Protective Structure; occupant restraints; and requirements for safety labels and owner’s manuals.
The balloting of the first draft of this proposed ANS 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 October 12, 2009.
The proposed standard is open for public review and comment by directly and materially affected persons. The public comment period closes December 7, 2009. Printed review copies are available from ROHVA for $60. To request a copy contact ROHVA at (949) 255-2560, ext. 3023.
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (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.