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Title: EPA Rule To Ban Car Modification
Source: The Newspaper
URL Source: http://thenewspaper.com/news/48/4894.asp
Published: Feb 10, 2016
Author: The Newspaper11
Post Date: 2016-02-11 11:12:27 by Deckard
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Comments: 9

EPA and NHTSA complete work on a regulation banning sale of go-fast engine parts for automobiles.

SEMA trade showThe Obama administration is looking to close down the automotive aftermarket. Tucked deep within a proposed rulemaking governing diesel truck engines, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) introduced language that would prohibit any changes to an automobile's engine or exhaust after it leaves the factory. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) raised the alarm Monday after discovering the hidden provision.

"Certified motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines and their emission control devices must remain in their certified configuration even if they are used solely for competition or if they become nonroad vehicles or engines," the proposed regulation states. "Anyone modifying a certified motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine for any reason is subject to the tampering and defeat device prohibitions of this section and 42 USC 7522(a)(3)."

The public comment period on the rule change closed last October. After the final rule is published in the Federal Register, it will have the force of law. The new regulation clarifies that road vehicles that are certified for sale in the United States can still be raced -- as long as the catalytic converters and other equipment remain untouched.

"If a motor vehicle is covered by a certificate of conformity at any point, there is no exemption from the tampering and defeat-device prohibitions that would allow for converting the engine or vehicle for competition use," the proposed rule states. "There is no prohibition against actual use of certified motor vehicles or motor vehicle engines for competition purposes; however, it is not permissible to remove a motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine from its certified configuration regardless of the purpose for doing so."

Under existing regulations, engines produced for racing do not need to meet any emissions standards, and a road car's engine may be modified for use in racing and offered for commercial sale without specific EPA approval (40 CFR 1068.235). Many automotive tuner shops sell parts designed for the race track to individuals interested in boosting the performance of their street vehicles. The EPA intends to close that market permanently by prohibiting the sale of high-performance engine and exhaust parts.

SEMA, which represents the $36 billion aftermarket industry, is furious and intends to battle the proposal in court. The group argues that the federal agencies violated public notice requirements by hiding the controversial proposal in a proceeding that has nothing to do with automobiles.

"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," SEMA President Chris Kersting said in a statement. "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 administration's hostility to performance cars is not new. It denied long-standing regulatory exemptions to low-volume manufacturers like Lotus, forcing the British automaker out of the US market. The administration has also sought to downplay the use of internal combustion engines in autoracing in favor of battery-powered vehicles through its "Green Racing Initiative," claiming the change of focus will prevent global warming.

"The goal of green racing is to use motor sport competition to help rapidly develop cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicle propulsion systems that will eventually be used in consumer vehicles," the EPA stated in a 2010 news release. "The high level of interest in motor sports could bring this technology to the attention of the public and hasten its acceptance in the new market."
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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

SEMA, which represents the $36 billion aftermarket industry,...

I had no idea the aftermarket was quite that huge.

Tooconservative  posted on  2016-02-11   11:19:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: TooConservative (#1)

I had no idea the aftermarket was quite that huge.

If it ain't fast it isn't worth driving...

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2016-02-11   19:01:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

It is WAYyyyyy past time....

jeremiad  posted on  2016-02-11   21:04:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard, *Bill of Rights-Constitution*, *Crime and Corruption* (#0)

The public comment period on the rule change closed last October. After the final rule is published in the Federal Register, it will have the force of law.

I hope SEMA takes this to the SC because it is clearly un-Constituiontal. Only Congress has the right to pass laws,and even then they must be voted on.

Nameless,faceless bureaucrats and political appointees do NOT have the legal authority to do so,and this whole "regulation with the force of law" shit is about as real as Bruce Jenner being a woman.

ISLAM MEANS SUBMISSION!

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

American Indians had open borders. Look at how well that worked out for them.

sneakypete  posted on  2016-02-12   6:16:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: jeremiad (#3)

It is WAYyyyyy past time....

Are you insane,or just ignorant?

ISLAM MEANS SUBMISSION!

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

American Indians had open borders. Look at how well that worked out for them.

sneakypete  posted on  2016-02-12   6:18:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#0)

Eli, Eli, nai erchomai Kurios Iesous.

BobCeleste  posted on  2016-02-12   9:44:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: sneakypete (#5)

Actually, I don't see how the government has the legal ability to restrict emissions, mandate seat belts, safety glass or air bags. I like freedom, and hate the chains we all live with. If I want to cut my catalytic converter off and put on headers, new chip, and more alterations, it is my choice. I have done all of those, and still will if I want to.

jeremiad  posted on  2016-02-12   23:37:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: jeremiad (#3)

It is WAYyyyyy past time....

Yes, we have indeed passed the "awkward" stage.

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Deckard  posted on  2016-02-12   23:44:51 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: jeremiad (#7)

I don't see how the government has the legal ability to restrict emissions, mandate seat belts, safety glass or air bags.

The short answer is they have the legal authority to do anything they want to do as long as we don't speak up and stop them. We all blame the government,but it is really "We,the people" who are at fault for letting them get away with things they have no Constitutional authority to be doing.

ISLAM MEANS SUBMISSION!

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

American Indians had open borders. Look at how well that worked out for them.

sneakypete  posted on  2016-02-13   1:20:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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