By SEMA Washington, D.C. Staff
UPDATE 3/10/16: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have introduced a new bill (HR 4715 and S.2659) that will clarify the Clean Air Act to explain it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a race car.
What You Can Do: In order to help get the bill passed, you can write your Congressional Reps and Senators to Support the RPM Act at www.sema.org/rpmletter.
Earlier this week SEMA issued a press release informing the public that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into race cars, even though such conversions have been done for decades. Under the EPA’s proposed rule, it would also be illegal to sell any performance-related products for those cars. The EPA’s proposal would have a devastating impact on motorsports since many types of racing rely on production vehicles that have been modified for use strictly at the track.
A White House petition to tell the EPA to withdraw its proposal received an immediate groundswell of support. The petition hit the 100,000-signature mark in 24 hours, underlining widespread concern about the EPA proposal.
SEMA is working with all stakeholder groups to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.