Representatives from five states have introduced a bill that will ensure that the conversion of motor vehicles into race cars will remain legal in the United States. This comes following the efforts of over 100,000 racing enthusiasts nationwide who signed a White House petition demanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cancel its proposal to make it illegal to convert street cars into race cars.
U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have introduced the bipartisan “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016” (RPM Act), H.R 4715, which makes clear Congress’ intent to exclude competition-only cars from the scope of the Clean Air Act, including converted street vehicles.
The practice was unquestioned until last year when the EPA proposed a new regulation which would make this activity illegal. SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association supports the RPM Act and urges you to do so as well.
SEMA encourages all racing enthusiasts to reach out to their local member of congress. To make it easy, SEMA has created a page on their website that allows race fans to easily write a letter encouraging their local member of congress to support the RPM Act.
The letter reads:
As a constituent, I respectfully request that you support H.R. 4715, the ‘Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016’ (RPM Act), which protects our rights to convert an automobile into a race car used exclusively at the track.
Modifying a vehicle and converting it into a race car is an integral part of our American automotive heritage. It has brought joy and jobs to millions. In fact, NASCAR was founded in 1948 on the premise that ordinary street cars could be converted into racing machines. Today, there are a myriad of racing events all over the country, with participants that range from professionals to novices using vehicles that have been modified for racing use.
However, this time honored tradition is now under threat by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Included within an unrelated proposed regulation (‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2’), the EPA is proposing to outlaw the conversion of street vehicles into race-only vehicles.
Under the Clean Air Act, Congress never intended for the EPA to regulate vehicles built or modified for competition use only. However, the EPA is now attempting to circumvent Congressional intent without proper statutory authority.
Please support the RPM Act in order to provide certainty to the racing community and to protect the right to modify a motor vehicle for race purposes.
To send this letter to your local member of congress today, click here and fill out the required information.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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