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ASA’s Washington Watch

On March 20, 2019, the Automotive Service Association hosted a webinar highlighting key legislative issues within the automotive industry, at the Federal and State levels, specifically covering Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures and vehicle safety inspections. Leading the conversation was ASA’s, Robert Redding, along with guest speakers Aaron Schulenburg, Executive Director at Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Thomas Tucker, Director of State Government Affairs at Auto Care Association, and Roy Littlefield, CEO at Tire Industry Association.

To view the webinar in its entirety, click here.

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U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Held a Hearing on Vehicle Technology and Drunk Driving

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing on “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving”. In her opening statement, Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) stated, “we have addressed a number of auto safety issues over the years…[but] we have not really addressed the number one cause of death on America’s roadways – drunk driving.” Committee members discussed ignition interlock devices and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) research with the auto industry of new alcohol-detection technology.

Witnesses:

  • The Hon. Joan Claybrook, Board Member, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
  • Helen Witty, National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • David Kelly, Executive Director, Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers
  • Robert Strassburger, President & CEO, Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.

To view the hearing in its entirety, click here.

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New Hampshire House Bill 664 Passes House and Moves to Senate

This week the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed an amended House Bill (HB) 664, which addresses the issue of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The amendment specified that if a repair procedure from an OEM includes the need for additional operations such as pre- and post-scans, calibration, or diagnostic test of the vehicles systems, the insurer shall reimburse the repairer for those operations; however, it excludes glass repair and replacement when done by a glass company. The amendment also acknowledges paint and materials pricing used by repairers. The bill was passed by a floor vote of 202-105 and will move to the Senate for further action.

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