Since 1895 racing cars has been a pillar of entertainment and an economic driver for American families. From the hundreds of YouTube channels and TV shows to NASCAR, racing reaches millions every day. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adjusted their interpretation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and its recent actions promise ruin for the racing industry.
EPA’s Interpretation & Agenda for Racing
The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to set the standards for pollutants that are released by emissions. Using these standards, they then require vehicle manufacturers to obtain a Certificate of Conformity (COC). Manufacturers do this by proving that vehicles will meet the emissions standards through testing. When a vehicle has obtained its COC and has been sold or delivered, it is illegal to make any modification that affects the certified emissions. Until recently, the EPA chose not to enforce this as long as the vehicle was used solely for competition and race events.
It is now the view of the EPA that all vehicles with any type of modification that even minimally affects the emissions (competition and public road use) are prohibited.
What Caused the Change?
The EPA has made claims that over 500,000 diesel trucks had their emissions controls removed. This number is significantly higher than the amount of racing vehicles that SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association) has stated exist (195,000). It is their belief that several hundred thousand diesel trucks with removed emissions control are being driven on public roads.
What Action is the EPA Taking?
The entire racing community has been placed at fault and the EPA is making aggressive moves to halt events, cease product manufacturing, and ultimately control the industry. They are shutting down businesses, handing out unreasonably hefty fines, flexing their government umbrella, and going way beyond the limits of their power.
What happens if they continue?
- Over 4 million jobs will be at risk.
- A multi-billion dollar a year industry will disappear.
- We invite further control of our freedoms.
- Small automotive shops will close their doors.
- Turning a street vehicle into a race vehicle becomes a criminal act.
- A long time American passion becomes nothing but a memory.
The EPA has purposefully made it so that there is NOT a way to certify a vehicle for racing. This means that at any time, whenever they see fit, for any reason, any vehicle fit for racing can be considered a violation.
Change is needed.
The RPM Act
Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2019 (RPM Act of 2019)
The RPM Act is a bill that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Clean Air Act to provide an exemption from antitampering provisions for modifying a motor vehicle that would not be operated on public roads, but instead solely for competition use.
The proposed amendment would add the following:
No action with respect to any device or element of design referred to in paragraph (3) shall be treated as a prohibited act under that paragraph if the action is for the purpose of modifying a motor vehicle into a vehicle that is not legal for operation on a street or highway and is to be used solely for competition.
Read the bill here: H.R.5434 – RPM Act of 2019
Many of the RPM Act’s strongest supporters are working to identify the best strategy to reintroduce the bill to maximize its chances of becoming law. We’re asking that you help keep Congress overwhelmed with message of support for this legislation.
Racers, racing enthusiasts, and families who value their liberties, let’s protect the right to race!
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