Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Brent Co | posted April 19, 2016 12:27
US Congress goes against EPA proposal with RPM Act
In last year's SEMA show, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put under fire for a proposal that would seem to ban road to race car conversions. SEMA organizers noticed one paragraph which stated, “prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into race cars” and “make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal,”.
In a recent development, the EPA has dropped the paragraph which drew ire of enthusiasts and weekend racers. The intense pressure from petitions and the US Government prompted EPA to “eliminate the proposed language from the final rule,”. The US Congress has also stepped in by billing the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act).
The bill states: (It) Confirms that it has always been Congress’ intent that racecars are not included in the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) definition of “motor vehicle”; Makes clear that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at the track and Confirms that modifying these vehicles for exclusive track use would not be considered tampering (with emission devices).
“The EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Air Act would essentially rewrite the law and 46 years of policy and practice. Without congressional intervention, the racing community and racing parts manufacturers would be operating outside of that new law and could be targeted for enforcement,” said Chris Kersting, President and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).