Attorneys general from eight states recently voiced their concerns about a proposed rule that would “expand the (EPA)’s statutory jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act” to prohibit the conversion of street cars into dedicated racecars, noting that it was “contrary to the law and would reverse decades of practice by the (EPA).”
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The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) is a Congressional bill that, if passed, will ensure that street vehicles can continue to be converted into racecars.
Legislation to provide for the issuance of special plates for use on collector vehicles and allow for the transfer of the plates between collector vehicles owned by a collector was vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Legislation authorizing local governments to hold sanctioned motor-vehicle races on public roads or airports under their jurisdiction was signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Legislation to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions-control requirements was amended and approved by the Senate.
Legislation to allow the operator of a nonregistered off-road vehicle or snowmobile from another state or country to purchase a trail-use tag to operate on designated trails and properties was approved by the Indiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
Legislation to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of ’80 or older model-year vehicles was introduced.
Legislation to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks will be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee.
Legislation that threatened to prohibit tire manufacturers from selling onroad tires if the tires contained zinc in excess of an unspecified percentage and assessed a civil penalty on manufacturers who violate the prohibition was amended to remove all reference to tires and zinc.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an Enforcement Guidance Bulletin for addressing autonomous vehicles and other non-traditional new products and software.
In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. Senate passed a SEMA-supported bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.
Legislation to require the state, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for older vehicles not currently required to be titled under Connecticut law was passed by the Joint Transportation Committee.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided guidance on the requirement that manufacturers provide NHTSA with any communications to dealers, owners or purchasers about a product defect or noncompliance.
Legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles was amended and approved by the Iowa House.
Legislation authorizing local governments to hold sanctioned motor-vehicle races on public roads or airports under their jurisdiction was approved by the West Virginia House.
Legislation to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions-control requirements was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and sent to the full Senate for a vote by all members.
Legislation to require that forest roads be open to motorized use by the public unless otherwise designated by the Department of Natural Resources was approved by the Michigan House.
Legislation to create a program that would require each owner or lessee of an Illinois-registered motor vehicle to pay a road-user fee has been introduced.
A West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars was approved by the West Virginia Legislature.
Legislation was introduced to require new-car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed, or because someone other than the dealer performed service.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and virtually all of the major automakers have agreed to voluntarily install automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on all new cars by 2022 and heavier SUVs and pickup trucks by 2024.
A SEMA-supported resolution urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats was approved by the Utah House and Senate and signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.
Earlier this week, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the agency’s proposed regulation that would prohibit the conversion of a motor vehicle to a race-only vehicle.
A website makes it easy to identify your reps and send letters of support.
Thousands have already rallied to tell the White House to protect racecars. Now it's time to tell Congress to pass the newly introduced RPM Act and make it clear that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at the track.