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FTC Hosts Workshop “Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions”

July 18th, 2019 by

This week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop entitled “Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions.” The purpose of the workshop was to focus “on how manufacturers may limit repairs by consumers and repair shops and whether those limitations affect consumer protection, including consumers’ rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.” The workshop

Washington Post hosts event Transformers: Cities

July 16th, 2019 by

Recently the Washington Post held an event entitled, “Transformers: Cities” which included three panels discussing how technology is impacting urbanization and how tech innovators and policymakers are utilizing data and advanced technology to bring America’s cities into the future. The first panel entitled, “Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Development” included speakers Andrew Altman, Principal

The Consumer Federation of America Holds Conference Call

July 15th, 2019 by

According to Politico, the Consumer Federation of America will hold a conference call briefing today “to discuss ‘new research on how major auto insurers charge higher prices to consumers who have minimum liability limits and want to increase their protection.’” The call will be today, July 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Participants include: Bob

CARB Announces Heavy-Duty Inspection and Maintenance Working Group Meeting

July 12th, 2019 by

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced today that they will be hosting a Heavy-Duty Inspection and Maintenance Working Group Meeting. CARB states that the purpose of the working group meeting is for “truck and fleet owners, trucking industry representatives, non-governmental organization representatives, other interested and knowledgeable stakeholders to identify, discuss, and evaluate key technical

NHTSA Seeks Comments on Crash Report Sampling System

July 12th, 2019 by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is tasked with the responsibility to “collect crash data that support the establishment and enforcement of motor vehicle regulations and highway safety programs. These regulations and programs are developed to reduce fatalities and the property damage associated with motor vehicle crashes.” NHTSA submitted a notice in the Federal Register

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Announcement on Apprenticeship Expansion

July 11th, 2019 by

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will be expanding apprenticeships in the U.S. The DOL submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) “that would establish a process for the U.S. Department of Labor to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs).” To view the news release from the U.S. Department of

U.S. House Subcommittee holds Hearing on Fuel Economy and Clean Car Standards

June 21st, 2019 by

This week the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce and the Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change held a joint hearing entitled “Driving in Reverse: The Administration’s Rollback of Fuel Economy and Clean Car Standards.” In an effort to combat climate change, remain competitive globally in the automotive industry, improve air

Louisiana Legislature Passes Shop Choice Bill

June 12th, 2019 by

State Representative Terry Landry (D-96) introduced House Bill 411, which changes current restrictions on insurance companies directing consumers to specific motor vehicle repair shops. Current law prohibits an insurer from requiring an insured to use a particular place or shop as a condition when making a payment incident to a claim, while the proposed law allows

OEM Repair Procedures Bill Introduced in New York

June 7th, 2019 by

On May 31, 2019, Assembly Bill 8050 was introduced in the New York General Assembly, which requires compliance with collision repair guidelines and service bulletins issued by vehicle or original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and forbids insurance companies from requiring repair shops to deviate from those guidelines without the written consent of the vehicle owner. Additionally,

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