Author Archive | Robert L. Redding Jr.

Autonomous Vehicles Present Challenges for State, Federal Policymakers

Auto repairers must stay informed, engaged. While state legislatures are beginning to see their first round of telematics legislation and the U.S. Congress is asking questions about these new technologies – such as vehicle-to-vehicle communications – the next topic for new technology public policy is already taking shape related to autonomous vehicles. The 1990 Clean […]

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ASA Leaders Visit Capitol Hill for 2014 Fly-In

Working on your behalf to ensure repairer interests are represented Leaders of the Automotive Service Association’s mechanical and collision divisions recently traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with key members of Congress and their staffs. Members of ASA’s Mechanical Division traveled to Washington, D.C., May 29, and members of ASA’s Collision Division met with congressional […]

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U.S. House Committee Holds Insurance Data Hearing

Bill Would Limit Authority of FIO The U.S. House of Represent­atives Financial Services Commit­tee’s Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals to Reform Domestic Insurance Policy.” The hearing focused on several important pieces of legislation, but one of particular interest to collision repairers. This is a bill drafted by U.S. Rep. […]

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California Senate Holds Hearing On Consumer Vehicle Information Legislation

Senate Bill 994 fails to pass committee The California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 994, the Consumer Vehicle Information Choice and Control Act. In last month’s AutoInc., we discussed the details of the legislation and that the bill was premature. The Senate Transportation Committee moved forward with a […]

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Vehicle Telematics Legislation Takes Center Stage in California

Legislation Is Premature California state Sen. Bill Monning has introduced Senate Bill 994, the Consumer Vehicle Information Choice and Control Act. The California Senate Legislative Counsel describes the legislation as follows: “The bill would require a manufacturer of any new motor vehicle sold or leased in this state on or after Jan. 1, 2016, that […]

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Federal Insurance Office Modernization Report Released

Report sends mixed message on state regulation versus federal regulation. Title V of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required that the newly established Federal Insur­ance Office (FIO) of the U.S. Department of Treasury “conduct a study and submit a report to Congress on how to modernize and improve the system of […]

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‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program Found to Be an Ineffective Economic Stimulus

ASA opposed federal program to destroy older vehicles In 2009, the U.S. Congress passed the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, and the president signed the bill June 24, 2009. As implemented by the U.S. Department of Transporta­tion, the program was labeled the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Act. The program was more popularly […]

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Congress Continues Obamacare Oversight

A report on small business committee hearings on the implementation of Obamacare The U.S. House of Represent­atives has ramped up its review of Obamacare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). With the technical problems that have crippled Obamacare’s website, HealthCare.gov, the window for congressional hearings has now broadened for Obamacare review. To […]

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