Monday, April 18, 2016

The EPA's Scary Race Car Ban Proposal Is Dead

The Environmental Protection Agency caused quite a stir earlier this year, when a proposed regulation appeared to prohibit the tampering of emissions controls on road cars converted for competition use. Naturally, this left a lot of people in the motorsport community over in the US rather worried, since changing things like fuel systems and exhausts is pretty damn common for DIY racings cars. However, everyone who might have fallen foul of the new law can breathe a sigh of relief.  The last time the EPA tried to clarify its stance, it merely made things worse by seeming to suggest that the tampering of emissions controls on converted racing cars had been against the rules for some time, but now the organisation has dropped the offending words entirely. In a statement to confirm its new position, the EPA said last week:
“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.”

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