This comes via A View From The Beach, which notes “The EPA seeks to regulate everything by redefining everything into something they can regulate”
(SEMA) 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 final rule is expected in July 2016, and we can be utterly sure that the EPA will listen to public comments on the subject, eh? This is exactly one of those issues which Conservatives complain about, namely, government over-reach and mission creep, expanding the core mission of a governmental agency, digging their tentacles into every part of our lives. And, liberals who support this should remember the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you may get it.” These same regulations can expand, and certainly come back and negatively effect their own lives.