EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars
SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers
Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to
prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into
racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products
for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained
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 regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports
cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the
track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor
vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and
not used on the streets, are not the "motor vehicles" that Congress
intended to regulate.
"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. "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."
SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the
EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the
regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make
the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted
vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including
those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans,
SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative
process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as
The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963,
represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633
member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data,
trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts
industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort,
convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational
vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista
Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org.