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U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Federal Insurance Office Study

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO), today, released their long-awaited report on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States.

The report was mandated as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The report was originally due in January 2012. The Congress wanted the Department of Treasury’s FIO to review federal versus state regulation of insurance.

Visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

 


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net
For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.39

Massachusetts Passes Latest Right to Repair Bill

Bill Includes Heavy Duty Service Information for Independents

The Massachusetts legislature has completed its work on its latest Right to Repair bill, House Bill 3757, which includes heavy duty service information provisions for vehicles over 14,000 pounds.

See ASA’s full press release  

Read the full text of the bill

Download the Kennedy Amendment

 

New Studies Suggest ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Ineffective as Economic Stimulus; Recommends Program Not be Repeated

ASA Opposed Cash for Clunkers Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 5, 2013 – A new analysis from the Brookings Institution’s Ted Gayer and Emily Parker found the Cash for Clunkers initiative was inefficient as an economic stimulus and only pulled forward auto sales that would have happened regardless of the Cash for Clunkers initiative.

The study suggests that 700,000 old cars were traded in between July 1 and Aug. 24, 2009, but that consumers just bought cars slightly earlier than they would have without the initiative. The study also states cumulative purchases over the year were unchanged.

Gayer and Parker state pushing the vehicle sales boosted economic growth by $2 billion and created about 2,050 jobs, but that the program cost $1.4 million per job created – being less effective than other stimulus measures.

The study concluded that the U.S. vehicle fleet’s overall efficiency improved and carbon dioxide emissions were cut by 8.58 million to 28.3 million tons. Gayer and Parker suggested this was an inefficient way to reduce emissions because it costs between $91 and $301 per ton of carbon avoided. They determined that “in the event of a future economic recession, we would not recommend repeating the program.”

The Automotive Service Association encourages members to visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com for more on the Brookings Cash for Clunkers report and to send a letter to alert members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate as to the failure of the Cash for Clunkers program. (Click on Alerts.)

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net
For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.32


ASA Asks State Officials to Review State Farm’s Mandatory Parts Procurement Program

Attorneys General, Insurance Regulators Should Review Consumer, Small Business Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1, 2013 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has sent letters to state insurance regulators and state attorneys general regarding State Farm’s nationwide rollout of changes in its direct repair program, “Select Service.” The letter requests that state regulators review State Farm’s mandate to use the PartsTrader LLC parts procurement program to determine if it violates state law.

Under the rollout, which will be completed by 2014, State Farm will mandate that shops participating in its Select Service program use PartsTrader’s software to electronically order parts.

ASA’s position did not come without much input and forethought. ASA contacted State Farm and PartsTrader after the pilot program was made public, expressing members’ concerns with the program. ASA dispatched a team of collision repair leaders to State Farm’s headquarters to discuss the pilot, the impact of the program on collision repairers and any expanded program rollouts.

Dan Risley, ASA executive director, states in the letter:

“We believe this mandatory parts procurement program stifles competition and harms both the consumer and the small businessperson.”

State Farm’s mandate has the potential to impact repairers in the following ways:

•   Limit a repairer’s right to choose the parts vendors from whom they purchase parts;

•   Limit a repairer’s right to choose an electronic parts ordering vendor;

•   Increase the number of days to repair the customer’s vehicle;

•   Increase the indirect costs to the consumer;

•   Increase the repair facility’s administrative time;

•   Negatively impact the repair facility’s profitability;

•   Reduce local automotive parts sales, negatively impacting local economies.

To view the full text of the letter, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net
For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.31


 

Click here to view the Letter to State Attorneys General and Insurance Commissioners

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Plans for Thirty-Eight New Advanced Transportation Technology Projects

Projects Include New Body Material, Welding, Battery, Lubricant Technologies

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 4, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced it will spend more than $45 million for 38 new projects that will research and develop vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the environment.

According to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz:

“By partnering with universities, private industry and our national labs, the Energy Department is helping to build a strong 21st century transportation sector that cuts harmful pollution, creates jobs and leads to a more sustainable energy future. By improving the fuel economy of our cars and trucks, we can save families and businesses money at the pump and better protect our air and water.”

The recently announced 38 projects range from five major areas that are essential to advanced transportation technologies, such as lightweight and propulsion materials as well as affordable, efficient batteries, power electronics, fuels and lubricants, and efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Some of the projects include the following:

•     Body-in-white Joining of Aluminum to Advanced High Strength Steel at Prototype Scale: A project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will develop and validate solid-state spot joining technology to join body-in-white high strength steel and aluminum.

•     Breakthrough Techniques for Dissimilar Material Joining: A project at Johns Hopkins University that will develop heat-generating foils to provide strong and stable bonds between aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys and steels.

•     Breakthrough Techniques for Dissimilar Material Joining: A project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will demonstrate laser-assisted joining of aluminum and carbon fiber components to reduce vehicle weight.

•     Breakthrough Techniques for Dissimilar Material Joining: A project at The Ohio State University that will develop and demonstrate vapor-assisted collision welding of dissimilar metals.

•     Breakthrough Techniques for Dissimilar Material Joining: A project at Michigan State University, Composite Vehicle Research Center, that will demonstrate the bonding, reparability and reassembly of dissimilar materials using thermoplastic adhesives.

•     Applied Battery Research for Improvements in Cell Chemistry, Composition and Processing: A project at the Pennsylvania State University to develop high-energy, long cycle life lithium-ion batteries for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) applications consisting of a micro-sized porous silicon alloy-carbon composite anode coupled with a high performance Ni-rich layered oxide cathode coated with an ultra-stable LiFeP04 coating.

•     Lubricant Formulations to Enhance Fuel Efficiency: A project at Northwestern University that will develop novel lubricant formulations with the potential to improve the fuel efficiency of light and medium vehicles by at least 2 percent.

•     Lubricant Formulations to Enhance Fuel Efficiency: A project at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that will develop and test novel molecules in base oils that may substantially improve fuel efficiency without increasing wear.

•     Lubricant Formulations to Enhance Fuel Efficiency: A project at the Halla Visteon Climate Control USA LLC that will develop, integrate and demonstrate an efficient heating and cooling (heat pump) system as well as other novel solutions to achieve and maintain passenger comfort using less battery power.

•     Advanced, Integrated, Modular and Scalable Wide Bandgap (WBG) Inverter R&D for Electric Traction Drive Vehicles: A project at Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. that will demonstrate advanced wide bandgap inverters for under-the-hood electric vehicle traction drives.

To view the U.S. Department of Energy’s complete list of projects, please visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.


To view the U.S. Department of Energy’s complete list of projects click here.


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net
For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.29

OSHA Withdraws Proposed Rule to Amend On-site Consultation Program

ASA opposed proposed rule changes

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 29, 2013 – Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its decision to withdraw a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally funded on-site Consultation Program. OSHA is withdrawing this rule based on concerns that the proposed changes would discourage employers from participating in the program. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has a number of members who use this program.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for 29 CFR 1908, Consultation Agreement, published Sept. 3, 2010, provided clarification of the length of the exemption period provided to “recognized” sites that have been removed from OSHA’s programmed inspection schedule and the initiation of certain unprogrammed inspections at both sites that have achieved recognition and sites undergoing a consultation visit. ASA and other small-business organizations were concerned about the proposed changes.

OSHA administers and funds the On-site Consultation Program, which offers free safety and health advice to small businesses, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. Employers who successfully complete a comprehensive on-site consultation visit, correct all hazards identified during the visit and implement an ongoing safety and health program to identify and correct workplace hazards may achieve status in OSHA’s Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP). Exemplary employers who receive SHARP status receive an exemption from OSHA’s programmed inspection schedule during a specified period.

In 2010, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy sent a letter expressing concern about the proposed rule changes on behalf of small-business groups such as ASA. The SBA had expressed its belief that OSHA’s proposed rule would change the criteria under which participants in OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program could now be subject to enforcement inspections by OSHA and could discourage small business participation in the program.

ASA believes this is a valuable program for shop owners and would like to see the program continue as it is today.

To view the proposed regulation and the letter sent by the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, in its entirety, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net
For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.28

ASA Launches New Legislative Website

Redesign Improves Advocacy Tools for Repairers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 27, 2013 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has provided independent repairers access to a web-based advocacy program at the federal and state levels for a number of years. After researching various online advocacy programs, ASA has been working to remodel its legislative and regulatory website, www.TakingTheHill.com. The new website is more user-friendly and designed to move information quickly to members and to policymakers. ASA members are encouraged to visit the newly designed site and sign up for free legislative alerts.

“With our Washington, D.C., office on Capitol Hill looking out for repairers, the industry looks to ASA for grassroots advocacy and information. Redesigning this site is one more step in the association’s commitment to provide members with the tools they need to stay informed and be heard on Capitol Hill,” said Angie Wilson, ASA’s vice president of marketing and communications.

The site was redesign by Autoshop Solutions, which recently redesigned ASA’s main website, www.ASAshop.org. “It was great working with the ASA team again, this time to launch the legislative website,” said Margaret Klemmer, vice president of operations at Autoshop Solutions. “We spent time collaborating with the ASA team in Washington to develop a site that provides a clean navigation and design with featured posts on the home page. We also brought the toolbox components front and center, making it easy for ASA members to take action on the site.”

 

About ASA
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

About Autoshop Solutions
Autoshop Solutions is the largest Internet marketing agency dedicated exclusively to the automotive industry. Autoshop Solutions builds websites and specializes in all aspects of Internet marketing including paid search, SEO, e-mail marketing and social media for independent repair shops, collision shops, transmission shops and tire dealers across the country. Their websites have taken home AutoInc.’s Top 10 Website Awards for the past five years, including four awards in 2013. Its mission is to leverage user-friendly Web design and integrative inbound marketing to create more profitable, engaged and likable automotive companies large and small.


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net

For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.29