“This unannounced and unilateral action is being taken without regard to the decades-long understanding of the application of the law to street vehicles modified for exclusive use at the track or as much as a single economic analysis,” it said.
Besides Harley-Davidson, signatories of the letter include the Specialty Market Equipment Association (SEMA), Tire Industry Association (TIA), Auto Care Association (ACA), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA).
The letter from the attorneys general presented many of the same arguments as the industry letter.
“As proposed, this rule attempts to expand the USEPA's statutory jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act to modify vehicles modified solely for racing or competition,” said the letter from the attorneys general.
“This approach is contrary to law and would reverse decades of practice by the USEPA,” it said. “This unnecessary regulation conflicts with the expressed intent of Congress, and we urge you to remedy this problem in the final rule by deleting the provision.”
SEMA is leading the fight against the provision, urging its members to write their federal legislators in support of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act. That bill that confirms the legality of converting street vehicles into vehicles intended solely for the racetrack.
SEMA has created a model letter supporting the RPM Act for its members to sign and send. It can be found on the trade group's website.
The attorneys general who signed the letter were Mike DeWine (Ohio), Patrick Morrissey (West Virginia), Leslie Rutledge (Arkansas), Luther Strange (Alabama), Jeff Landry (Louisiana), Bill Schuette (Michigan) and Sam Olens (Georgia).
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