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02-13-2016, 04:23 PM
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EPA Looking to Prohibit Conversion of Street Vehicles into Race Cars
Posted by David Fuller on February 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

Hot rodders unite.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new regulation that would prevent you from converting your street car into a race car. This regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans, and hatchbacks commonly converted for use at the track, according to SEMA.

SEMA is actively working to stop the legislation, which would also make the sale of certain products illegal if used for race purposes on street vehicles. You can read the SEMA press release below and then pass the word.

WASHINGTON, DC (February 8, 2016) – 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. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

02-13-2016, 05:00 PM
Probably, in this nanny state, socialistic nation we are becoming.

02-13-2016, 05:35 PM
I saw this also. Just seems like another thing to outlaw anymore.

02-13-2016, 06:05 PM
While I seriously doubt this will ever get to the Jeeps, I do see some interest in this. I believe this pertains to the rice rockets and POS wannabe Honda racer crowd. Those things are pretty silly.

My only concern is that this is regulation stacking, since those vehicles are already banned on the street. Now the rule changes seeks to reach onto the race track. It frustrates me when the current administration wants to ban anybody doing anything other than driving a Prius to go to the play or bird watch.