About Americans’ Right To Modify Motorcycles And Street Cars

From a PR of The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF)

For the amateur racing industry, the year started out on a strong note. One of the first bills to be introduced in the newly indoctrinated 115th session of Congress was the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act). U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) reintroduced H.R. 350 which protects Americans’ right to modify street cars and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.

The same measure was introduced during the last legislative session and though it ultimately didn’t see floor time, it had broad bipartisan support with over 100 supporters in the House of Representatives and dozens in the U.S. Senate. This year, H.R.350 started out with 61 cosponsors with those numbers already increasing as additional supporters begin to sign on.

Rep. McHenry released a statement with the introduction of the bill, “Last year, I was proud to lead the fight against the misguided EPA regulation targeting racing, but our work is not done,” said the Congressman. “In the coming months, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the new Administration to ensure the RPM Act becomes law.”

The RPM Act came to fruition after the EPA proposed a rule to establish Phase 2 regulations for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2015. Within the 625-page rulemaking was one sentence that would have the effect of banning any conversion of street automobiles or motorcycles into racing vehicles. The language pertaining to race-modified street vehicles and motorcycles was included seemingly at random within a huge proposal having to do with cutting emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks. However, it would effectively outlaw part of the amateur car and motorcycle racing industry.

In April of 2016, the EPA announced that, under pressure from Congress, it would drop the language from its proposed regulations. However, despite the EPA’s announcement, spokespersons from the Agency are still stating that the clarification does not affect EPA’s enforcement authority. This shows the clear intent of the EPA to attempt to overstep its bounds, as outlined by the Clean Air Act, in an effort to strip motorcyclists of the rights to modify their motorcycles as they see fit.

Supporters of the RPM Act will provide clarity to industry and enthusiasts that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles, including motorcycles, to be converted into dedicated race vehicles.

8 Responses to “About Americans’ Right To Modify Motorcycles And Street Cars”

  1. 1 Brad Ervin Jan 24th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I thought we lived in a free country. How can they regulate what I don’t run on their roads?

  2. 2 Tom Jan 25th, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Bully !!!!!!!

  3. 3 Bear Jan 25th, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Tell me what I am going to do with my own vehicles? I own them, I paid for them, I pay taxes on em continually-another sore subject, EPA can shove it !!!!!!!!

  4. 4 AFT Customs Jan 25th, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Trump is cutting their balls. We can all have some hope

  5. 5 Brad Ervin Jan 27th, 2017 at 6:24 am

    You can’t leave Gov agencies walking. Cut them all you want…the next admin. puts them on life support and suddenly we have a new robocop with a shiny new badge and a mission. They have to be wiped out.

  6. 6 Royal Kennedy Feb 12th, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Be Thankful we have a republican house and senate .President Trump will be on Americans side / The EPA should be abolished its grown way to large . Its an abused federal agency that the liberal politicians use to regulate the rules into place when they cant pass laws

  7. 7 calif phil Feb 13th, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Common sense bills like this and an administration that is not afraid to stand up for the average American. It’s about time!

  8. 8 Eric Knight Apr 8th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    EPA outlawed custom motorcycles in 2007.


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