Obama’s EPA seeks to crash new regulations into hot-rodders and race car industry

Obama’s EPA seeks to crash new regulations into hot-rodders and race car industry

DENVER—President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a regulation to prohibit the conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars.

The regulation, which was buried in a 629-page document, would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. According to the Special Equipment Market Association 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,” which they say represents more overreach by the government agency that runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity. People who modify a car for racing can face a $37,500 penalty.

SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting blasted the EPA this week and said “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.”

Competition-only vehicles were excluded before, but now the EPA is claiming authority over those kinds of vehicles, said Steve McDonald, SEMA’s vice president for government affairs told Jalopnik. McDonald says the regulation could also throw a meteor-sized dent into the industry.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“The EPA is so out-of-control it wants to push its pedal-to-the-metal agenda and crash its powerful rule-making into the racecar and hot-rod industry. This regulation not only hurts a $36 billion dollar job-creating industry but hurts hot-rodders and working people too. People are sick and tired of the government over-regulating everything and this shows how far our incompetent government will go to exert its power over Americans.”