16 CFR Part 306; Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting; Project No. R811005
I am writing to express my concerns about the Federal Trade Commission's proposed rule to provide requirements for rating and certifying ethanol blends and requirements for labeling blends of more than 10 percent ethanol. This proposal would cause confusion after the rollout of E15 fuels. I oppose E15 and any fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol, because it can cause engine and fuel system failure on motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles, and can void manufacturers' warranties. I do not believe the proposed label(s) will keep users from inadvertent misfueling with higher ethanol blended fuels. Moreover, the FTC is proposing that the label be rounded to the nearest 10. Is the FTC aware that most motorcycle warranties are valid only for the use of fuel containing a maximum of 10 percent ethanol by volume? The proposed rule does not address the central issue that real-world motorcyclists face, and that is that no motorcycle currently on the road is approved for any fuel with higher than 10 percent ethanol. If fuels with higher ethanol content are sold, they should be clearly labelled on the front of the fuel selector button/lever "Ethanol content exceeds 10%." Thank you for your time and opportunity to comment on this important issue.