The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has dropped certain language from a new bill that would have prohibited road-going cars from being converted to race cars.
The EPA was going to prohibit the removal of certain emissions equipment from all road-going cars, though now the agency says that if your car will exclusively be used on the track, these modifications are allowed.
A statement from the EPA says that the organization “supports motorsports and its contributions to the American economy and communities all across the country,” though the agency will still target those who illegally modify vehicles used on public roads.
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The proposed regulations also would have made the sale of certain aftermarket emissions equipment illegal, which had the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) up in arms. SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting has issued a statement on the matter, thanking “congress for pushing EPA to withdraw an ill-conceived proposal.” Kersting believes that in order for motorsports to be protected, “The racing industry and public need a long-term solution to eliminate any uncertainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is interpreted.”
A new bill, known as the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016, has also been introduced, to ensure that making these street car to race car conversions will be allowed moving into the future.