SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 8, February 25, 2016

Progress Update: Opposing EPA Proposal to Prohibit Race Car Conversions

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

SEMA is supporting Capitol Hill allies on legislation that will clearly exempt from the Clean Air Act street vehicles converted to racecars for competition-only use. As previously reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal.

“Despite recent indications that the EPA is considering a new rulemaking to request additional public comment on its proposed racecar rule, it is now clear that an amendment to the Clean Air Act will effectively end any debate over the exemption of motor vehicles converted for competition use. SEMA views congressional action as a decisive step to settle this issue once and for all,”  said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “The EPA is attempting to write a new interpretation into the regulations. The racing community and parts makers need the certainty that legislation will provide.”

A SEMA-initiated White House Petition opposing the EPA-proposed regulation currently contains more than 156,000 signatures, well past the 100,000 signature threshold necessary to elicit a response from the administration.

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