No more racing for you, says EPA image

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently made a proposal by which it planned to ban track enthusiasts from modifying their street cars.

In their restless fight against pollution, the US regulators have now turned their attention towards racing enthusiasts. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to outlaw any modifications brought to road cars’ emissions systems to “protect public health”. Under a proposal aimed to set 2021-2027 medium- and heavy-vehicle greenhouse gas targets, the agency wants “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.” Therefore, squeezing the last drop of power from your street car might be illegal in the near future. If the track-focused fanatics could be easily overlooked by the EPA, there is one more entity that will not set aside from a fight.

The new rules could also heighten agency scrutiny of auto aftermarket companies selling products that alter emissions controls. So, the Specialty Equipment Market Association submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. “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.” The agency has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.