EPA's Statement Withdrawing its Proposed Race Car Mod Rules


The EPA on April 15 withdrew language from its regulatory proposals on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that SEMA, and many in the aftermarket community, viewed as a threat to motor sports. The following is the EPA's full statement originally posted to its website on the matter:

"The final Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles will not contain clarifying language regarding modification for racing purposes.

"EPA is committed to protecting public health by ensuring that cars driven on public roads meet pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. Congress required these standards for good reason: emissions from motor vehicles have been linked to premature death in people with heart or lung disease, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, and increased respiratory problems.

"And EPA supports motorsports and its contributions to the American economy and communities all across the country. EPA’s focus is not on vehicles built or used exclusively for racing, but on companies that don’t play by the rules and that make and sell products that disable pollution controls on motor vehicles used on public roads. These unlawful defeat devices pump dangerous and illegal pollution into the air we breathe.

"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. Since our attempt to clarify led to confusion, EPA has decided to eliminate the proposed language from the final rule.

"The Agency will continue to engage with the racing industry and others about ways to ensure that EPA supports racing and while maintaining the Agency’s focus where it has always been: reducing pollution from the cars and trucks that travel along America’s roadways and through our neighborhoods."