U.S. Congressional members have introduced a bipartisan bill that looks to save race cars.
Last month, it was reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had proposed new regulations that would prevent road-going vehicles from being converted into race cars. U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have now introduced H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act), to ensure that converting street vehicles to race cars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.
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The new proposed regulations from the EPA caught the attention of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), which is more than just a massive show that takes place in Las Vegas every year. Since then, SEMA has been trying to get the attention of lawmakers to save our race cars.
Currently, the RPM Act has been assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration, while the EPA proposed regulations are scheduled to be finalized this summer.
“The EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Air Act would essentially rewrite the law and 46 years of policy and practice,” said SEMA president and CEO Chris Kersting. “Without congressional intervention, the racing community and racing parts manufacturers would be operating outside of that new law and could be targeted for enforcement.”