The title says it all. The EPA is seeking to ban auto racing. I guess auto racing causes more pollution than the EPA likes and they are wanting to make it illegal to modify a vehicle for racing. Long story short, the EPA thinks that they can tell the average hard working US citizen, what we do with our vehicles, that we pay for. I saw a petition on my Facebook account and have already signed it. Here’s some of what the petition summary said.
The EPA has begun to overstep its bounds, bringing their misguided beliefs to one of the most treasured traditions in American Culture: Auto-Racing. It has long been the pastime of many hard-working American Citizens to modify a vehicle for legal race-only use at sanctioned racetracks across the nation.
Auto Racing has been a staple of American society for generations, inspiring thousands and amusing millions with wholesome, family entertainment.
The EPA has just announced THIS:
Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. 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.”
The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.
“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 EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.
This act would CRUSH thousands of small businesses across the nation, outlawing a treasured tradition, destroying families, and rending many communities and friendships that have bound over the simple act of building a car, asunder.
Click on the link at the bottom to view and sign the petition. I believe that if I pay for a vehicle and want to add performance adding parts, I should be able to do so without the governments approval. I mean this only would do more harm than good. Remember what happened with prohibition? NASCAR!