Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule in 2015 that would have prohibited the conversion of emissions-certified vehicles into race cars. Although the agency intends to withdraw the proposal, it continues to assert authority to regulate the modification of vehicles used for competition under the Clean Air Act, thereby leaving the racing industry, its businesses and enthusiasts in a state of uncertainty.
RPM Act of 2016
The U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to outlaw the conversion of motor vehicles into race cars made waves all across the country. SEMA members, race enthusiasts and members of Congress led the way in opposing the rulemaking, resulting in the EPA’s April 15 announcement that it would remove the provision from the larger rule.
A lot has happened since December, when we first learned of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that would effectively outlaw conversion of street cars into race cars. We filed opposition comments later that month. We then met with agency officials in January asking the EPA to reconsider their position. When that failed, we alerted the public in February.
If you ask average Americans what they love about auto racing, you’ll find a striking similarity in the responses: speed, teamwork and passion. Since the invention of the automobile, Americans have been converting their street vehicles into race cars. Powered by this passion, most professional motorsports leagues, including NASCAR, were founded on that concept. More than a century later, the very core of this tradition is under attack.
Racing enthusiasts across the country continue to sound the alarm on EPA overreach and call on Congress to pass the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016.” But don’t take our word for it. See what others are saying and doing.
If you haven’t contacted your legislators to support the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016”, visit www.sema.org/rpm today. A cell phone and one minute is all it takes to support the Congressional bill that will ensure that street vehicles can continued to be modified for the track.
SEMA members rally to protect our racing industry; Join the movement today!
Earlier this week, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting testified before the U.S House Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Subcommittee, urging the group to continue allowing street vehicles to be modified and converted for motorsports competition.
Tell Congress to support the RPM Act of 2016, which stops EPA overreach and makes it clear—now and in the future—that it is legal to modify a street vehicle for motorsports competition.