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ASA Sends Joint Letter to FTC and NHTSA Requesting Aftermarket Representation

Following a recent public workshop on connected vehicles, co-hosted by NHTSA and the FTC, several aftermarket groups noted that the panelists failed to adequately address the role of the aftermarket repairer when it comes to connected vehicles. In a letter submitted to FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and NHTSA Acting Deputy Administrator Terry Shelton, these groups, including ASA, outlined their concerns about the future of vehicle technologies and their impact on repairers and, in turn, consumers.

The letter also requested a joint meeting between the groups and both NHTSA and the
FTC to more fully discuss this issue and how it will affect consumers and competition in the
vehicle repair industry. To view the full text of the letter, please click here.

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U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Reviews Self-Driving Cars Legislation

On June 27th, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on a draft package of fourteen driverless car bills. The hearing follows closely behind ASA’s Mechanical Operations Committee meeting with senior House Energy and Commerce staff on June 14th to discuss several issues related to driverless cars and the potential impact on repair shops.

To read the witness’ testimony or to view a recording of the hearing, please click here.

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Maine Anti-Steering Legislation Vetoed by Governor

Maine LD 1540, a bill that would have required an insurer that recommends a particular collision repair facility to inform consumers they have a right to choose a facility was vetoed by Maine Governor Paul LePage on June 21. The Maine House of Representatives voted to overturn the Governor’s veto, but the effort to overturn the veto failed to secure enough votes in the Senate.

To see the full text of the bill, click here.

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