April 1, 2016
On Friday, April 1, Global Automakers submitted joint comments with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers addressing a portion of the EPA’s Heavy Duty Greenhouse Gas Rule that would prohibit the modification of certified light duty vehicles for use solely for competition or off-road activities. The treatment of competition vehicles in the Heavy Duty GHG Rule was first raised by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in supplemental comments SEMA submitted in December 2015. The EPA subsequently published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) to re-open the comment period for certain aspects of the Proposed Rule, including the impact the proposed language would have on off-road racing/competition vehicles. Global Automakers’ comments were submitted in response to the NODA. They ask the EPA to abandon the approach outlined in the proposed Heavy Duty GHG Rule, and instead reaffirm the agency's longstanding position that the Clean Air Act does not prohibit the conversion of cars and trucks that are intended to be used solely for racing and off-road activities.