By Clarence Mills
NHTSA Presents Safer Car Campaign at NACE
ASA hosted the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) at its International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) in Las Vegas Nov. 5-8. NHTSA representatives held informational sessions, gave a special presentation on the Safer Car Campaign and attended ASA's press conference. ASA and NHTSA have partnered in the Safer Car Campaign, which provides vehicle safety information to the motoring public.
The campaign's Web site, www.safercar.gov, houses vehicle safety information and data provided by NHTSA-run tests. You may also link to the Safer Car Campaign through ASA's legislative Web site, www.TakingThe Hill.com.
AutoInc.'s February 2009 edition will feature the Safer Car Campaign.
EPA Promotes Collision Repair Campaign at NACE
Also in attendance at NACE in Las Vegas last month were representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who were promoting the Collision Repair Campaign (CRC).
The CRC is a nationwide EPA effort to reduce auto body emissions, protect neighbors of auto body repair shops, protect workers and save auto body shops money overall. The EPA aims to quantify this voluntary effort by partnering with ASA and the National Automotive Dealers Association, and by providing Webinars and workshops. Further, the EPA is in the process of creating an informational DVD.
To view the CRC, visit the EPA's Web site, www.epa.gov/air/toxic air/community/collision.html. You can also link to the CRC through ASA's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com.
Schwarzenegger Proposes Automotive Repair Service Taxes
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has announced his economic stimulus plan for California. As part of this plan, Schwarzenegger is proposing a $.15 sales tax increase across the board.
Further, he wants to extend this sales tax increase to automotive repair services beginning Feb. 1, 2009.
Florida Attempts to Align Greenhouse Gas Standards with California
The Environmental Regulation Commission of Florida met to discuss the proposal of adopting new rules that would align Florida's greenhouse gas emissions standards with those of California.
ASA has been active in a coalition of stakeholders opposing the adoption of the California standard. Charlie Elder, former ASA chairman, Tallahassee, Fla., has testified at several Florida hearings on this issue for ASA.
Florida's current proposal excludes Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) provisions and the super warranty opposed by ASA.
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