How Many Of You Will Sign This Petition To Lift America's '25 Year Rule' Import Ban?

No matter what scene you're into - JDM, Muscle, Euro, Lifted Trucks etc - this petition needs your name on it to give more petrolheads access to the world's finest cars

How Many Of You Will Sign This Petition To Lift America's '25 Year Rule' Import Ban?  - Japanese

If you were to draw up a list of dream cars that you’d one day like to own, the chances are high that icons like the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R would feature in your top 10. While we in the UK are eligible to buy, drive and enjoy cars of this calibre, safety and emissions regulations in the U.S dictate that these cars are banned from the nation.

The rule - made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 1988 - bans any car under the age of 25 years from being imported and driven in America due to the differences in safety and emissions regulations between other nations and the U.S.

Only when a car turns 25 may it be imported to the U.S and enjoyed. This means that a wide variety of newer cars - RS Audis, RS Clios, Skylines and Land Rover Defenders included - will be destroyed by US Customs if imported…

In a petition that we’re hoping you’ll all support, the plan is to get the current ban on cars under the age of 25 lifted and instead reduced to 15 years. That will give prospective owners access to 10 more years of automotive perfection, which, despite not affecting us in the UK, is an important cause we’re behind 100 per cent.

How Many Of You Will Sign This Petition To Lift America's '25 Year Rule' Import Ban?  - Japanese

Here is the link to the petition, so take a look and leave your name, email address and Zip code (postcode) if you’re with us!

The petition currently has 24,874 signatures, meaning that 75,126 are needed to hit the 100k target by 5th September. Let’s do this!

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  • I never really understood that. You can’t drive an R34 GT-R (which isn’t that unsafe), yet a hot rod with old cross-ply tyres and no safety installations at all is completely legit, just because it’s born in the USA.
    Let’s face it: the American car industry was at its absolute low-point in the late 80ies. This law was only there to protect their car industry from going fully bankrupt.

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    • Let’s face it: the American car industry was at its absolute low-point in the late 80ies. This law was only there to protect their car industry from going fully bankrupt.

      It all started with Mercedes in the 80s. People were importing foreign cars and, even if the car was sold in the US via an authorized dealer, they’d bring over a better equipped or unavailable trim level. The American car industry in the 80s was in very poor state, but when quite a few new car purchases were 1) from foreign brands and 2) not even from authorized dealers, they brought this law into effect.

      The fact of the matter is, American cars actually don’t meet the requirements of other countries.

      Europe, Russia and Asia are all part of a global car regulation committee (the name escapes me right now) that standardizes regulations across pretty much all the developed world. America is not part of this committee.

      If you import an American Car to the EU, for example, it will fail its safety tests without a conversion, which costs a fortune. When cars from EU brands are sent to America, bits are actually removed to make them cheaper!

      No diesel version of this model in the states? Make the sound insulation thinner
      No need for side-repeater indicators? Remove them and the extra wiring.
      No mandatory rear fog light? Cheaper rear bumper construction, no extra wiring, save money on bulbs.
      Giant engines with no regards for CO2 output are common in the US? Remove some of the carbon filtration and detune that thing to run on their Sh*t low octane regular, OR, to handle all the added CORN in their premium.

      If I was to bring a US market Audi A4 from the states to the UK, it’d actually fail its road worthiness tests. If I brought a UK Market Audi A4 to the states, it’d be deemed unsafe. How’s that for nuts?

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      • Jakob profile picture Jakob Ben Anderson

        Thanks for pointing that out! I didn’t knew the fact with the global car regulation commitee.

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    • I’m a muscle fan but I can respect a good import. I agree with 100% of what you said. Down with the ban haha

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    • its a shame that the country i live in did this, this cars are pieces of art and pure machines, they are not simply for getting from “point a to b” they are for show, and if you buy one, you understand that it is not “as safe” as other cars on the road but you still choose to buy it, its just dumb the laws this country has made to protect two money thirsty car companies that don’t produce any car that i will ever buy, its just a shame that this is what our country stands for, “equality for all” but the ones that would wreck us…

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    • Even though cars in the US have recalls and are being unsafe while being recalled and they haven’t been crushed.. Lol ‘Merica logic. I understand it’s just a recall but some of the recalls can be really unsafe.

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    • There was some scandal about people importing mercedes for cheaper than US dealers were selling them. But it was taking away from revenue in the US so some companies started lobbying and called the cars “unsafe” because they hadn’t met our safety standards

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  • That cop at the end is such an arrogant douchebag, I’d love to wipe that smug look from his face. And the bull he was saying about a 2005 Land Rover being unsafe, ha no. Safer than half the pieces of crap that come out of american factories today!

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  • So a car that’s older than 25 years is safer than one that is younger than 25 years? Yeah that makes sence because cars totally haven’t become safer over the last 25 years. nope.

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  • Correction, 100k signatures does not mean the ban is lifted. It merely means the White House has to draft up and publish an official response to it. Either for or against it.

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  • Not sure the automatic gearbox option is available on the Skyline for the American market

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  • 11.9% of the people drive a prius!

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  • One of the reasons I dislike my country

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  • It’s got bugger all to do with safety or emissions. They just want people to buy more of their crappy domestic crud-buckets.

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    • Ben Anderson profile picture Ben Anderson Dec McClure

      It really is nothing to do with safety or emissions.
      If you want to import an American car, for example, it doesn’t actually meet EU safety and in some cases emissions regs and needs to be converted, and it costs a fortune.

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      • YKap profile picture YKap Ben Anderson

        Safety, emission, etc. regs regarding not only cars but other products as well, are almost always indirect protectionism for domestic markets. From an economics point of view, it makes some sense, considering that the car market is very prominent and significant for the US economy.
        That said, I completely disagree with this ban.

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  • Im not even american and i would sign poor americans cant have r34´s :(

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