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President Trump to Nominate Heidi King as NHTSA Administrator

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ms. King has been the Transportation Department agency’s deputy administrator since late fall. NHTSA has been without a permanent administrator since Mark Rosekind departed just before Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Ms. King’s appointment would be subject to Senate confirmation.

See more here.

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Missouri Anti-Safety Bill Passes Committee

On March 28th, 2018, Missouri House Bill (HB) 1444, introduced by Representative J. Eggleston (R-2), passed the Missouri House Transportation Committee. If passed, this bill will repeal Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program.

ASA encourages all Missouri shops to send a letter in opposition of HB 1444.

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Senators Address Concerns about AV Bill in Letter

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.

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New Anti-Safety Inspection Legislation Introduced in New Hampshire and West Virginia

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.

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Federal Advisory Committee Language

On October 4th, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation adopted an amendment to establish a federal advisory committee comprised of aftermarket representatives and other stakeholders. The amendment, offered by U.S. Senator Inhofe (R-OK), was added to S. 1885, the American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act.

Included in the scope of the Committee is a review of data access and cyber security issues. In consultation with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Committee will produce a comprehensive report on vehicle data, intellectual property protections, customer privacy, cybersecurity, vehicle safety, etc., within two years. To see the full text of the amendment, click here.

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NHTSA to Host Tire Safety Twitter Event

In advance of National Tire Safety Week (May 28-June 3), NHTSA is hosting a Twitter chat on May 24 from 3 – 4 p.m. ET to provide information to consumers and vehicle owners on how to be smart when it comes to their tires. Experts will be available to answer questions while you are able to spread the word and encourage your followers to perform proper tire maintenance.

Who: NHTSA’s team of experts

What: #TireWise Twitter Chat

When: Wednesday, May 24, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Where: www.twitter.com/NHTSAgov

How: Follow the conversation using the hashtag #TireWise.

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Texas Shops Urged to Contact Representatives to Save Safety Inspection Program

Texas Senate Bill (SB) 1588, introduced by State Sen. Donald Huffines, R-16, passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 27-4 on May 4, 2017. If enacted this bill would dismantle Texas’ safety inspection program and institute an “inspection program replacement fee” due at a vehicle’s registration or registration renewal. SB 1588’s House companion bill, HB 3995, was reported favorably by the House Committee on Transportation on May 2, 2017. This bill also calls for the elimination of the safety inspection program.

The time to stop these bills and save Texas’ safety inspection program is growing short. ASA encourages all interested parties in Texas to visit the “Alerts” section of TakingTheHill.com to contact their state legislators in opposition to these bills.

 

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Utah Governor Signs Bill to Dismantle Vehicle Safety Insepections

On March 25, 2017, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed HB 265 into law. This bill states that beginning in 2018, vehicle safety inspections will no longer be necessary to complete yearly registration of noncommercial vehicles. Utah was one of 16 remaining states that required a periodic automotive safety inspection.

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FCC and FTC Commissioners Outline Agency Agendas in New Administration

On Feb. 1, Center for Technology Innovation fellow Nicol Turner-Lee moderated a panel discussion at Brookings with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny that focused on what they would like to see as the primary agendas for these agencies going forward. The commissioners expressed their views of how their agencies will proceed with pending decisions on net neutrality, consumer privacy, and expanding broadband internet access, along with potential challenges to each agency’s authority. See more here.

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Administration’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Releases Final Report

In February 2016, President Obama established the Commission with Executive Order 13718. The Commission completed its report on Dec. 1, 2016, providing detailed short-term and long-term recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors, while protecting privacy, fostering innovation and ensuring economic and national security. To develop their recommendations, the commissioners consulted technical and policy experts, solicited input from the public through open hearings and a request for information, and reviewed existing literature.

The report emphasizes the need for partnerships between the public and private sectors, as well as international engagement. It also discusses the role consumers must play in enhancing our digital security. The report categorizes its recommendations within six overarching imperatives focused on infrastructure, investment, consumer education, workforce capabilities, government operations and requirements for a fair and open global digital economy.

The Commission praised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its efforts to work with industry to develop voluntary and collaborative guidelines to secure IoT devices. For example, automotive manufacturers have called for a consistent set of federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles, and they have worked with the NHTSA on such rules.

To see the full text of the commission’s report, click here.

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