Bills aim to make race cars exempt from the Clean Air Act.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) successfully got the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw controversial language from a proposal earlier this year which many feared would ban street-to-race-car conversions.
The group is now looking to build on that success by introducing the "Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016" which aims to exclude race cars from the Clean Air Act’s definition of a “motor vehicle.” SEMA says "The RPM Act makes clear that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a race car used exclusively at the track, and confirms that modifying these vehicles for exclusive track use would not be considered tampering."
The RPM Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Patrick McHenry and in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Burr. Both bills have dozens of co-sponsors who mainly are Republican, although a few Democrats have also supported the bills.
One of the few Democrats who is supporting the bill in the Senate is Senator Gary Peters from Michigan who stated "This bill will provide certainty to the motorsport and racing industries on the EPA’s regulatory role regarding motor vehicles that are used exclusively for racing."