EPA Proposes Banning Street Car to Race Car Conversions

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On Feb 8th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a regulation that would prohibit the conversion of street cars into race cars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain aftermarket products for use on such vehicles illegal.

The proposal was included 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 proposed regulation will impact all types of vehicles including sports cars, sedans, and hatchbacks converted for track use.

The EPA does not monitor emissions from vehicles specifically built or modified for racing, but under the Clean Air Act, it regulates emissions from those intended for street use.

“These proposed regulations represent overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law, and defies decades of racing activity where the EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting.

The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit the conversion of vehicles into race cars and makes the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. SEMA met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions and said that it will continue to oppose the regulations as it affects many organizations, including professional and hobbyist racers and fans. SEMA will fight the proposal through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

“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,” Kersting said.

After evaluating all of the comments from SEMA and other impacted parties, the EPA expects to publish its final regulations by July.

*Rahul Raman is the Founder of CARS 360 Mke, an automotive news outlet. He is a regular contributor to Automoblog.net and the author of our First Look series. 

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2 Comments on "EPA Proposes Banning Street Car to Race Car Conversions"

  1. this environmental protection agency invented by the jewis first should stop throwing diseases into the third world countries, they only put laws to their own benefit just what the hell are you donkeys , live and let live , you guys are only looking for more power like life is for ever you let the hunger of power run your lifes i really feel sorry for you all and now you cowards are trying to reduce the human population ??? just what the hell is that just what are we ants or moskitos ,, the hell with you all this life is shity i wish i was never born , i cant see garbage like this, and now you are after some more getting into the most important hovie in america ???? this all crap about enviroment is all lies the planet is auto enought to hold all kinds of pollution or what ever you are crapping about with no problem and youknow this very well so quit the lies you are all begining to be reveled no body is to believe any more crapp from the fake manipulated US goverment , you play with peoples helth , minds beiefs, lifes etc etc etc and one more thing ,,,, dont ise the name of god in your garbage like;::: God bless america cos it sounds so much hipocritical .

  2. Carl Naquin

    Our earth has a totally natural swelf-cleaning and purifying ability. If we want to help it along stop cutting down rain forests, a\ll those trees use CO2 and give us oxygen.

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