On March 14th, 2018, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Edward Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Gary Peters (D-MI) outlining their concerns about S. 1885, the “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act. The letter stresses the need for the development of safety standards in conjunction with self driving technologies. It also addresses their concerns about public safety and privacy. To see the full text of the letter, click here.
On March 5th, 2018, ASA, along with the Coalition for Future Mobility, sent a letter to Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer outlining the importance of Senate Action on the AV START Act. The letter underscores a desire to see the AV START Act brought to the Senate floor for consideration by the Memorial Day recess (April 27th). To see the full text of the letter, click here.
ASA, as part of the “Ad-Hoc HAV Data Access Coalition,” issued a statement for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automated vehicle public meeting, which will take place on March 1st.
The Coalition is a voluntary group of diverse stakeholders – consumer protection and privacy advocates, vehicle fleet owners, vehicle equipment suppliers and repair facilities, insurance companies and others – united by the common belief that vehicle owners own and control the personal information and vehicle data generated and stored by all motor vehicles.
To read the full text of the letter, please click here.
On February 14th, Illinois Representative Linda Chapa-LaVia (D-083) introduced House Bill 4926. If passed, this bill would amend the Illinois Insurance Code and the Automotive Collision Repair Act to provide that the use of non-OEM aftermarket crash parts may not be included in an estimate for repair of a motor vehicle unless the customer is advised of the fact in writing. It would also require the use of OEM specifications. This bill is currently before the Illinois House Committee on Rules for further consideration.
ASA, along with the other members of the “Ad-Hoc HAV Data Access Coalition,” recently sent a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in support of Section 15 of S. 1885, the “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act,” (“AV START Act”).
Section 15 would establish an advisory committee comprised of representatives of the automotive aftermarket and other stakeholders effected by automated vehicle data access. The Committee would produce a comprehensive report on vehicle data, intellectual property protections, customer privacy, cybersecurity, vehicle safety, etc., within two years’ time. One of the advisory committee’s members would be a representative of the independent repair sector.
ASA leaders continue to meet with congressional leaders to support S. 1885. Click here to read the full text of the letter.
Newly introduced Senate Bill (SB) 90 will repeal West Virginia’s vehicle safety inspection program which currently requires an annual inspection.
In New Hampshire, House Bill (HB) 1328 will change the annual inspection requirement to a biennial requirement.
These bills are the latest in a recent series of legislation designed to dismantle or weaken a state’s safety inspection program. ASA opposes both SB 90 and HB 1328. WV and NH repairers are encouraged to click here to contact their state representatives in opposition of these bills.
The hearing took place on January 24, 2018. Committee members addressed self-driving and other auto technologies as well as issues on the horizon for lawmakers and regulators.
- Dr. Randy Avent, President, Florida Polytechnic University
- Mr. Tim Kentley-Klay, CEO and Co-Founder, Zoox, Inc.
- Mr. Mike Mansuetti, President, Robert Bosch North America, Robert Bosch LLC
- Mr. Luke Schneider, President, Audi Mobility U.S.
Click here to watch the hearing.
Missouri Representative J. Eggleston (R-2) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 1444. If enacted, this legislation will repeal Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program.
Missouri and other state studies have shown the value of these vehicle safety inspection programs in terms of saving lives, preventing injuries and damage to property. Regular vehicle safety inspections by a qualified technician can identify and repair most safety issues that arise from normal wear and tear on the vehicle. If enacted, this bill will eliminate a program specifically designed to protect the motoring public.
ASA encourages all interested parties in Missouri to click here to contact their state representatives in opposition.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.
As proposed, the rule would:
- Allow employers to form a Small Business Health Plan on the basis of geography or industry. A plan could serve employers in a state, city, county, or a multi-state metro area, or it could serve all the businesses in a particular industry nationwide;
- Allow sole proprietors to join Small Business Health Plans, clearing a path to access health insurance for the millions of uninsured Americans who are sole proprietors or the family of sole proprietors.
The NPRM will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 5, 2018, and be available for public comment for 60 days. For more information, click here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently soliciting public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Servicing Multi-Piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels. The paperwork provisions of the Standard includes a requirement that the manufacturer or a Registered Professional Engineer certify that repaired restraining devices and barriers meet the strength requirements specified in the Standard and a requirement that defective wheels and wheel components be marked or tagged.
For more information, click here.