Over a period of 26 months, the ROHVA Technical Advisory Panel worked expeditiously to develop the ANSI standard, analyzing and debating the complex issues and competing objectives associated with this unique class of vehicles. At the same time, ROHVA was concerned that operator and passenger behavior - largely in violation of existing warnings - contributed to crashes resulting in avoidable injuries and fatalities.
In response, ROHVA became the first, and remains the only, national entity with a unified plan to educate consumers and to attempt to change behavior to increase safety, as a supplement to all of the individual manufacturer and distributor efforts. ROHVA has drafted Model State Legislation that would mandate compliance with the ROV Safety Rules www.rohva.org. ROHVA also is developing a state-of-the-art online learning program to further convey and instill critical safety messages.
“ROHVA remains hopeful that CPSC and other stakeholders will partner with ROHVA to promote these important initiatives, which are focused on changing behavior. CPSC data suggests that if we can change certain behaviors, we will improve the safety of operators and passengers,” said Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice president.
Initially published in November 2008, the ROV Safety Rules urge operators and passengers to: