FTC Examines Auto Distribution and Warranties

Panelists question why repairs limited to dealers only. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a one-day public workshop to explore competition and related issues in the context of state regulation of motor vehicle distribution and to promote more informed analysis of how these regulations affect businesses and consumers. The workshop, titled “Examining the U.S. […]

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Connecticut Committee Considers Tax Rule

Proposed bill would prohibit double taxation on paint and other materials. Legislation currently being considered by the Connecticut Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding would eliminate the sales and use tax on goods used exclusively in a business process. If passed, Senate Bill (SB) 335 would correct a 1999 Department of Revenue Services ruling […]

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Michigan Legislature Has a Mandate on Its Mind

Insurance committee considers ASA position on parts procurement bill. The Michigan legislature is back in session and has insurer-mandated parts procurement legislation on its agenda. Michigan State Sen. Joe Hune, R-22, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, introduced Senate Bill 430 to amend the insurance code to prohibit insurers from requiring automotive repairers to use […]

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EPA Finalizes New Ozone Standards

How will it impact automotive repair shops? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its new air quality standards for ground level ozone. The level had been established at 75 parts per billion (ppb) in 2008 during the George W. Bush administration. The new level of 70 ppb represents a significant lowering of the […]

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GAO Releases Vehicle Safety

At the request of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently conducted a study of state vehicle safety inspection programs. The GAO did a similar review in 1990 at the request of John Dingell, D-Mich., then-chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. In the 1990 report titled, “Motor […]

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Stricter Standards For Ozone Levels?

Congress continues examining impact of proposed new EPA regulations. The U.S. Congress continues its oversight responsibility of the Obama Administration’s proposed update of air quality standards for ground-level ozone. The Clean Air Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) every five years. The House Energy […]

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Congress Reviews Federal Vehicle Fleet Procurement

House subcommittee questions use of postal vehicle maintenance facilities. The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee held a hearing May 21 on “Issues Facing Civilian and Postal Service Vehicle Fleet Procurement.” There has been much congressional interest in the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and how it has […]

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Why We Support State Vehicle Inspection Programs

Policy proposal presents opportunity for safety improvements. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has prioritized the task of urging states to adopt periodic motor vehicle safety inspection programs in its policy objectives. This action has included annual events on the subject at ASA’s NACE | CARS show and in state forums, as well as efforts to […]

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EPA Proposes New Smog Standards

Public hearings set for proposed NAAQ ground-level ozone standards. On Nov. 25, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new regulations designed to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAAQ) for ground-level ozone. According to the EPA, the proposed updates will “improve public health protection, particularly for children, the elderly, and people of […]

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OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Option for Shops

Small Businesses Look to Program for Regulatory Compliance The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers small businesses on-site consultations to improve their businesses’ measures to prevent illnesses and injuries. In Fiscal Year 2013, OSHA visited more than 30,000 businesses covering 1.5 million workers. These consultation services are free and are […]

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