EPA backs down from banning street-to-race car conversions image

The US Environmental Protection Agency said it would drop the controversial language from a rule that would have banned street-to-race car conversions.

In a proposal tucked inside a 629-page regulatory draft published last June, aimed to set 2021-2027 medium- and heavy-vehicle greenhouse gas targets, the Environmental Protection Agency also planned to outlaw any modifications brought to road cars’ emissions systems to “protect public health”. The agency wanted “to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative (i.e., tamper with) emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition.” The idea evidently drew heavy criticism from racing enthusiasts and from the Specialty Equipment Market Association as well, as the rule would have affected the auto aftermarket companies selling products that alter emissions controls.

Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy a letter seeking answers around the proposal. “We remain doubtful that this proposed policy change complies with Congressional intent, which we believe is to exempt racing vehicles from the Clean Air Act’s provisions,” the letter said. After all these pressures. EPA has finally decided to drop the controversial language. “The proposed language in the July 2015 proposal was never intended to represent any change in the law or in EPA’s policies or practices towards dedicated competition vehicles,” the EPA said on its website. “Since our attempt to clarify led to confusion, EPA has decided to eliminate the proposed language from the final rule.”

Via Automotive News