By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will withdraw a proposed rule that threatened the future of racing and modification equipment. However, the agency continues to assert newfound authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate street cars modified exclusively for the track. The future of the industry remains under a cloud of risk—the risk of future enforcement.
“The agency continues to assert a new interpretation of the Clean Air Act conveying authority to regulate vehicles modified for use in competition,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “This means that those converting and racing competition vehicles, and the parts and services industries that support them, do so under new EPA policy that considers the activity illegal. Only clarifying legislation, provided under the RPM Act, will confirm that such activity is legal and beyond the reach of future EPA regulations. The racing industry and public need a long-term solution to eliminate any uncertainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is interpreted."
The bipartisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act makes clear that the Clean Air Act does not ban the modification of street vehicles for use in automotive competition. The bill addresses any doubts regarding regulation of racecars and equipment, and gives the public and racing industry much-needed certainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is applied.
SEMA urges you to contact your representatives in Congress to pass the RPM Act. Visit www.sema.org/rpm and give 30 seconds to send your letter today!