WASHINGTON (March 10, 2016) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is praising five members of the U.S. House of Representatives for introducing a bill to ensure that converting street vehicles into race cars, a staple of stock car and amateur racing, remains legal.
H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016, was introduced March 8 by Reps. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, Richard Hudson, R-N.C., Bill Posey, R-Fla. and Lee Zeidin, R-N.Y.
The bill would establish as law that converting street vehicles to race cars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.
In February, SEMA sent a warning to its membership that the Phase 2 “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy Duty Engines” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would prohibit the conversion of on-road vehicles into race cars.