How can we change the conversation for vehicle safety inspection?

Repairers and Consumers Have to Engage With New Messaging to Stop Current Trends Vehicle repairers have watched a slow hemorrhage of state vehicle safety inspection programs for a number of years. These programs go back to 1926 beginning with a voluntary program in Massachusetts, and increased to 31 states plus the District of Columbia in […]

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Repair Procedure Restrictions are Late-Season Legislative Focus

Rhode Island legislation still alive. Although several states have seen legislation and debate regarding original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures, companion bills in Rhode Island have gained the most traction. Senate Bill (SB) 2679, introduced by Senators Maryellen Goodwin, Dominick Ruggerio and Michael McCaffrey on March 20 was followed by House Bill (HB) 8013, introduced […]

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Data Access is the New Information Availability

ASA encourages data access for Repairers Why should repairers be interested in what’s going on with autonomous vehicle policy, data access and cybersecurity? Because having the right tools and the right information to repair vehicles are critical elements to the longevity of a successful automotive repair business. Those reasons apply to both mechanical and collision […]

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Federal Insurance Office Survives U.S. Senate Floor

Dodd-Frank Reform Path Unclear The U.S. Senate has passed its version of the Dodd-Frank Reform legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 2155, by a vote of 67-31. To move the bill, it required Democratic crossovers and 16 Democrats did just that on the Senate floor. Let’s step back and walk through how we got to this place […]

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Washington, D.C., Auto Show Highlights New Vehicle Technology Policy

U.S. Senate, NHTSA discuss issues The federal government and numerous organizations did not waste an opportunity of a major auto show to talk about new vehicle technologies and public policy. The U.S Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing, titled “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies,” as a precursor to the Washington, D.C., […]

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What’s next with AV policy?

U.S. Senate committee addresses data access and cybersecurity. Recent congresses have not been known for bipartisan initiatives. Unique to this analysis has been this fall’s autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a package of 14 separate bills, titled the SELF DRIVE Act (H.R. 3388), by a vote of 54-0. […]

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ASA Continues to Push for Small-Business Tax Reform

Attends Its Second White House Meeting to Discuss the Issues. Congressional leaders and the administration are working diligently to bring much needed federal tax reform to the small business community. A small team of House and Senate leaders and White House officials that included Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council (NEC), have been […]

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House Committee Passes Financial CHOICE Bill

Legislation, which would replace the current Federal Insurance Office, faces test in Senate. Where does ASA stand? The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services has passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. This bill, approved along party lines 34-26, replaces the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 that attempted […]

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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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