In July 2015, the EPA issued a proposed regulation declaring that the Clean Air Act prohibits converting a motor vehicle into a racecar. Manufacturing, selling and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would also be a violation. Although the EPA did not finalize the proposed rule, the agency stands by this interpretation. SEMA contends it contradicts 45 years of previous EPA practice.
The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect law-abiding citizens who convert cars, trucks and motorcycles into racing vehicles. The bill clarifies that it has always been legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle that has been converted into a racecar used exclusively in competition. It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.
If you’d like to join SEMA in its efforts to push the RPM act forward, join your fellow peers in Washington on Wednesday, May 16. SEMA-member companies are invited to connect with legislative officials and voice their concerns on issues that matter most to their businesses during the 2018 SEMA Washington Rally. The event is an opportunity for the automotive specialty-equipment industry to educate Congressional representatives on issues such as the RPM Act, emerging automotive technologies, infrastructure spending, job creation, affordable health care and counterfeit products.