MSF continues its march to take over state programs

A couple of entries ago I had referenced an MSF strategic planning document. In it, Lara Lee, the H-D representative and board chair, had said, “Stepping in to run state motorcycle safety programs is not necessarily in line with the current statement (it wouldn’t necessarily be out of line either)…should the mission statement more clearly allow for that option as a strategy or tactic…”

And they did–they rewrote the mission statement to allow for that.

Later in the document, Roger Hagie, the Kawasaki rep, said, “We seem to be on the march to take over state programs.”

And they are–the latest acquisition by MSF is the New York state program. And, from an unreliable source, I heard that T3RG is trying to take over the South Carolina program. (To hear about how some weird coincidences have now affected my ability to do this work, see Riderchick on Saturday.)

The press release is below–note the fabrications and deceptive language based on what we do know is fact about MSF and it’s programs now:

January 22, 2009

Motorcycle Safety Program Chosen by DMV
MSF to Administer the More Than $6 Million Program

Commissioner David J. Swarts today announced that the Department of
Motor Vehicles
(DMV) has accepted a proposal from the Motorcycle Safety
(MSF) to administer the statewide motorcycle safety program.
The five-year contract in the amount of $6,325,000 will be used to
manage a motorcycle safety program consisting of rider education,
program promotion and public awareness. The program is funded solely by
New York’s motorcyclists from a portion of the motorcycle license and
registration fees.

According to Commissioner Swarts, “The goal of the state’s motorcycle
safety program
is to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and
fatalities associated with motorcycling. The program developed by MSF
will promote proper and prudent motorcycle operation while at the same
time heightening awareness among the general public regarding sharing
the road with motorcyclists.”

Legislation proposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles and passed in
2008 allowed for a competitive bid process which resulted in the
selection of MSF. This new contract was bid at a cost that is $157,000
less than the previous five-year contract with the Motorcycle
Association of New York State (MANYS), which will expire on February 3,

DMV continues to offer incentives for motorcyclists to seek rider
education by providing a waiver of the motorcycle road test for those
who successfully complete the MSF’s beginning rider course. More than
110,000 motorcyclists have enrolled in the beginning rider course since
the program’s inception in 1996. In 2008, approximately one-quarter of
the motorcyclists licensed in New York earned their endorsement by
successfully completing the MSF Basic RiderCourse.

The MSF is a not-for-profit foundation that is supported by motorcycle
manufacturers. The rider education component of the program uses a
nationally recognized curriculum developed by the Foundation. MSF, which
is also currently conducting successful motorcycle training in a number
of other states including Pennsylvania and California, is
internationally recognized for developing a comprehensive,
research-based, Rider Education and Training System and promotes
lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional
for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. MSF also
actively participates in government relations, safety research, public
awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state
training and licensing programs.

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2 Comments on “MSF continues its march to take over state programs”

  1. You are absolutely right to think your source was unreliable. The information is wrong that T3RG plans to take over the South Carolina program. No truth to the rumor you posted, Wendy.

  2. wmoon Says:

    Thanks for letting me know, Colleen. I has suspected it wasn’t accurate.

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