Q&A Standards for Motor Oil Information on Invoices
There are many questions surrounding the National Conference of Weights and Measures’ new requirements about how oil changes should be invoiced. Ron Hayes with NCWM, addresses many of these questions.
The Automotive Service Asso¬≠ciation recently had the opportunity to interview Ron Hayes, chairman of the Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee of the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) regarding the requirement to include motor oil information on invoices. To help ASA members fully understand the impact this requirement will have on their business, the association presents the following interview conducted Aug. 12, 2013.
ASA Washington, D.C., Office: What is the National Conference on Weights and Measures and how does it contribute to public policymaking?
Ron Hayes: NCWM continues the tradition established in 1905 of including state and local regulators, regulated industries and federal agencies in the process of developing model uniform national standards. NCWM serves as a model of inclusive standard development while focusing the voting process for adopting standards on the state and local regulatory officials who ultimately enact the standards.
ASA: What is NCWM’s role with NIST?
Hayes: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publishes the standards as adopted by NCWM in NIST Hand¬≠books 44, 130 and 133. NIST also provides technical advisers to NCWM’s special committees, provides insight into federal law and international standards, and serves as a valuable training resource for regulatory officials.
ASA: The Automotive Service Association represents independent automotive repairers in all 50 states. Can you tell us some of the background for recent recommendations from NCWM regarding motor oil information as related to repair shop customer invoices?
Hayes: Last year (July 2012), the NCWM added a requirement to its existing model regulations for retailers that provide oil change services to provide consumers with a document that lists the oil’s manufacturer, brand name, SAE viscosity and service requirements as defined in API 1509, SAE J183 or ASTM D4485 following concerns expressed to the NCWM that some retailers may not have provided consumers with product-matching advertised specifications.
The most recent changes are to clarify a section to ensure retailers will continue to receive the information needed to comply with the requirement passed last year.
ASA: What are the specific requirements, for repair shops, included in NCWM’s recommendations on motor oil?
ASA: Once adopted by the NCWM, what are the next steps for these recommendations to become law?
Hayes: All of the Uniform Laws and Regulations given in NIST HB130 are recommended by NCWM for adoption by states when reviewing or amending their official laws and regulations in the areas covered. A similar recommendation is made with regard to the local jurisdictions within a state in the absence of the promulgation of such laws and regulations at the state level.
Some states have laws that automatically adopt the most recent versions of NIST HB130. Other states may adopt the most recent version through rulemaking.
New regulations or amendments adopted by the conference become effective January 1 following the July NCWM annual meeting unless otherwise specified.
ASA: How many states have adopted the recommendations?
See ASA’s TakingTheHill.com website for each state’s status regarding the regulation.
ASA: What issues, impacting independent repair shops, do you see as possible discussion items for NIST in the future?
Hayes: Discussion and comments on allowing the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA) European Oil Sequences classification in lieu of the American Petroleum Institute (API) service classification will be heard at regional meetings this fall and spring, and at the January NCWM Interim meeting.
Taking the Hill
Study Suggests Cell Phones Don’t Cause Distracted Driving Recently, a study from Carnegie-Mellon University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science found that cell phone use doesn’t lead to higher accident rates. These findings clash with other studies and questions the validity of penalties on those talking while driving.
According to Saurabh Bhargava, a Carnegie-Mellon professor and co-author of the study, “Using a cell phone while driving may be distracting, but it does not lead to higher crash risk in the setting we examined … While our findings may strike many as counterintuitive, our results are precise enough to statistically call into question the effects typically found in the academic literature.”
To view the study, visit ASA’s legislative website, www.TakingTheHill.com.
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