Raids on aftermarket auto part vendors by the Environmental Protection Agency for evidence of emissions violations standards is harming the classic car industry, says Sen. Jim Lankford.
Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told the Washington Examiner he recently took an interest in bipartisan legislation reintroduced in the House by Rep. Patrick McHenry, a North Carolina Republican, and Rep. Raul Ruiz, a California Democrat, known as the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act.
The legislation, which has 61 Republican and 21 Democratic co-sponsors, aims to make clear that converting a street vehicle by emissions-related changes for exclusively competition purposes is legal. Additionally, it would affirm that manufacturing, selling, and installing racing parts into a vehicle is a legal act.
The bill aims to reverse the EPA’s National Compliance Initiative, which focuses on halting the manufacture, sale, and installation of emissions “defeat devices” on vehicles and engines used on