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Epa Seeks To Prohibit Conversion Of Vehicles Into Racecars

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  1. randall

    randall Active Member

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    Credit hotrodhotline.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation that would prohibit the conversion of street vehicles to racecars. This regulation would also make illegal the sale of certain products for racing purposes on street vehicles. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation titled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles - Phase 2."

    If passed, this regulation would impact all vehicle types such as sports cars, sedans, and hatchbacks most commonly converted for use at the race track. The Clean Air Act already prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, but this act clearly did not intend to regulate vehicles built or modified for racing as long as they were not used on the streets.

    "This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles," said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. "Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion."

    Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose this regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

    The EPA expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

    ETA: SEMA has a petition to sign opposing this legislation. Follow the link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/tell-epa-withdraw-its-proposal-prohibit-conversion-vehicles-racecars-0
     
  2. Mark T-TB

    Mark T-TB Car Crazy from birth

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    there is another thread about this same subject over in "General Chat"
     
  3. randall

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    U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have introduced the bipartisan “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016” (RPM Act), H.R 4715, which makes clear Congress’ intent to exclude competition-only cars from the scope of the Clean Air Act, including converted street vehicles.

    Fill out the form (link below) to tell your member of the U.S. Congress to support the RPM Act. The form (SEMA Action Network) takes less than a minute to complete. Form will find your members of Congress by Zip Code and will send them an electronic message.

    SEMA Action Network (SAN) Issue Alert: EPA
     
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    DynoDave Well-Known Member

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    Done.
     
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  6. Mark T-TB

    Mark T-TB Car Crazy from birth

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    Thanks for posting the link.
     
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    credit hotrod.comAuthor: Phillip Thomas

    http://www.hotrod.com/news/1604-suc...CA72B9997116DABA32727DA6C69B9B897B9796719FB44

    Friday, April 15, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would remove wording that would ban the modification or removal of certified emissions equipment on a road vehicle that was being converted into a race car.

    While we still need support for the RPM Act, this stands as an excellent example of what you can do to help protect the hobby, jobs, and industry of motorsport.
     
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    Yes it is. Though they are still saying that their opinion on race cars needing all their original emissions equipment has not changed. But they did remove that verbiage from the M/D - H/D bill.

    That's why we still NEED the RPM act!
     

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