The Government is Trying to Ruin Racing

The Government is Trying to Ruin Racing

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new regulations that will prohibit road-going vehicles from being converted into race cars.

Currently, there are exceptions in the Clean Air Act that relate directly to cars converted into race cars, allowing the removal of certain emissions devices like a catalytic converter. This new set of rules would make it illegal to remove these emissions devices from all passenger cars, including those being converted to race cars.

The regulations would also make the sale of certain products that modify emissions illegal, which has caught the attention of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

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SEMA has already taken administrative action to stop the new EPA regulation, as it would signifcantly affect the aftermarket parts market. “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.

The regulations, entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2,” mostly deal with the emissions of heavy trucks and tractors.

Final regulations will be submitted in July of 2016.

Update: EPA spokeswoman Laura Allen has issued a statement to Autoblog:

“People may use EPA-certified motor vehicles for competition, but to protect public health from air pollution, the Clean Air Act has – since its inception – specifically prohibited tampering with or defeating the emission control systems on those vehicles.

The proposed regulation that SEMA has commented on does not change this long-standing law, or approach. Instead, the proposed language in the Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas rulemaking simply clarifies the distinction between motor vehicles and nonroad vehicles such as dirt bikes and snowmobiles. Unlike motor vehicles – which include cars, light trucks, and highway motorcycles – nonroad vehicles may, under certain circumstances, be modified for use in competitive events in ways that would otherwise be prohibited by the Clean Air Act.

EPA is now reviewing public comments on this proposal.”

  • 4u2nvinmtl

    Tell them, to stop eating beef for one week and it will offset greenhouse gases more.

  • The_Fast_and_Furious_Gunrunner

    Ah yes, the Obama administration keeps looking for more ways to control every facet of our lives. In other news, the boy king and his bride continue to vacation like rock stars, often taking separate jets to the same destination.

  • Matthew Parij

    The government really should prohibit standard road cars from being converted into race cars.

  • Lennie Pike

    What’s the problem? NA$CAR is already destroying racing.

  • Yoo Jastle

    You really should get out from under your rock occasionally.

  • Chris Daigle

    Street legal cars should be…Street legal. Driving race tuned cars on the street SHOULD be illegal.

  • tech

    This is the most ridiculous bunch of tax dollar wasting bs I’ve heard today! This kind of banter from the epa is nothing more than job justification for college graduates who refuse to live in reality

  • tech

    Obviously u have no clue about cars in general

  • tech

    Why should they be illegal?

  • smartacus

    guess they haven’t learned their lesson from the Intolerable Acts of 1774.
    Fine, no problemo

  • manawits

    Make race cars illegal but not people coming across the border right they pollute more than race cars come and look at my Nabors.

  • Ein Stein

    Huh? What people are you referring to, and what are “Nabors”?

  • Ein Stein

    And right-wing heroes like Trump are driving Prius’s?

  • ameme234

    This is why I hate politics. I don’t care what side people are on. They’re people either way, always blabbering away, bashing and spreading nonsense. America is ruining itself because we are stupid.

  • John Gabe

    Do something about it kid. Oh wait, you can’t because you have brain damage.