By Caroline Fuller
ASA Testifies at CARB Hearing
ASA testified at the Dec. 7, 2006, California Air Resources Board (CARB) public hearing to consider amendments to California's emission warranty information reporting recall regulations and emission test procedures. Denny Kahler, past ASA chairman, spoke on behalf of ASA.
Prior to the hearing, ASA urged its California membership to attend the CARB hearing to show opposition for the proposed regulatory changes to current emission warranty regulations. ASA is concerned that any expansion of the vehicle warranty status will negatively impact independent repairers economically in the state of California. In the past, ASA has opposed California warranty expansion initiatives.
State Publishes Car Emission Regulation
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published a proposed clean car emission regulation similar to that in California. The strict regulation will require Pennsylvania automotive dealers to sell only low-emission vehicles beginning with model year 2008 vehicles.
The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives failed to vote on legislation prior to ending its 2006 session that would have allowed Pennsylvania to follow less rigid vehicle emissions restrictions. Pennsylvania was the 11th state to adopt the California rule. Others include: Oregon, Washington, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Missouri Senate Bill to Repeal Safety Inspection Program
Missouri state Sen. Charlie Shields, R-District 34, has introduced legislation S. 17 to abolish the state's motor vehicle safety inspection program. The legislation would exempt the St. Louis metropolitan area and school buses. If passed, the repeal of the state safety inspection will become effective Jan. 1, 2008.
In the previous Congress, state Sen. David G. Klindt, R-District 12, offered an amendment to Sen. John E. Greisheimer's, R-District 26, legislation, S. 583. This amendment would have repealed all safety inspections for vehicles in Missouri. Although Greisheimer's legislation passed, Klindt's amendment was not included.
First Hydrogen-Powered Luxury Vehicle Available
BMW will offer, in limited number, the first hydrogen-powered luxury vehicle in 2007. Only 100 vehicles will be available to selected buyers. The new vehicle will be based on the current BMW 7 series and will contain an internal combustion engine capable of running on petrol or liquid hydrogen. Maximum speed for the vehicle will be 143 mph. It will be powered by a 260 horsepower 12-cylinder engine. Each of the 100 vehicles will contain a traditional petroleum tank as well as a hydrogen fuel tank. Drivers will be able to switch between the two tanks at the touch of a button.
With the 110th Congress convening this month, keep track of your elected officials' key votes by joining ASA's MegaVote feature from the association's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com. Click on the "MegaVote" icon on the right side of any page within the Web site and complete the form. An e-mail will be sent to you each week summarizing your elected officials' key votes, links to send e-mail and upcoming votes that could impact your business.
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