Insurance Reform Returns to the Spotlight

House passes repeal of McCarran-Ferguson Act for health insurers. Two major national issues have pushed insurance reform back in the national spotlight. First, efforts to reform or repeal Obamacare have produced a renewed interest in the repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Second, the 115th Congress’ move to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer […]

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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Self-Driving Cars

Automakers offer their case for fewer traffic fatalities with safe deployment of automated vehicle technology. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its Federal Automated Vehicles (AV) Policy in September 2016, the focus was on NHTSA issuing a guidance document and its four key sections: vehicle performance guidance; model state policy; NHTSA’s current […]

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A Look at the 115th Congress and the New Administration

What do the changes mean for the auto repair industry? The final U.S. House and Senate races have been called, and President Donald Trump’s new administration is moving forward with thousands of political appointments. There are some 2.8 million federal civilian employees, of which about 4,000 are deemed political jobs. The nominations for those positions […]

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NHTSA Releases Federal Automated Vehicle Policy

Increase in traffic fatalities prompts interest in preparing guidelines for federal and state policymakers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released policy guidelines for automated vehicles. Although NHTSA has communicated with the automotive industry and other manufacturers, states haven’t had policy guidelines for legislative or regulatory initiatives. These new guidelines should give some […]

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Recalls Cited in Support of Vehicle Safety Inspection Programs

Pennsylvania legislature considers bill requiring consumer notice. State vehicle safety inspection programs have seen good times and bad since the Highway Safety Act of 1966. This law mandated that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prescribe uniform standards for mandatory state highway safety programs. If states did not comply, it would mean the loss of […]

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Federal Government Directs Further Air-Bag Recalls

FTC workshop cites need for independent shops to get involved in repairs. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it was expanding and accelerating the recall of Takata air-bag inflators. This decision followed the agency’s confirmation of a root cause behind the inflators’ propensity to rupture. […]

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Rhode Island Telematics Bill Stalls in Committee

The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 2055, which attempts to regulate the generation, collection, analysis, dissemination and sharing of connected car vehicle data. Prior to the hearing, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) sent a letter opposing SB 2055 to committee Chairman Michael J. McCaffrey. In the letter, […]

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Hearing Examines Future Vehicle Technologies

Senate Committee emphasizes safety, federal regulation and cybersecurity. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, convened a hearing titled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars,” chaired by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. The hearing explored advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated benefits for Americans. Witnesses were asked to discuss their continued […]

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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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