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,

U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce holds Hearing on Summer Driving Dangers and Vehicle Technologies

May 29th, 2019 by

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce convened a hearing entitled, “Summer Driving Dangers: Exploring Ways to Protect Drivers and Their Families.” In her opening statement, Chairwoman Schakowsky (D-IL) stated that the Subcommittee seeks to explore safety technologies to be put in vehicles to further reduce human error and prevent fatalities,

U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission

May 22nd, 2019 by

On May 8, 2019, the Chairman and four Commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission testified in front the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in a hearing entitled, “Oversight of the FTC: Strengthening Protections for Americans’ Privacy and Data Security.” The FTC’s mission is to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices, however, as Chairman

California Department of Insurance holds Hearing on How Automobile Insurance Groups Affect Driver Premiums

May 22nd, 2019 by

On Tuesday September 17, 2019, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will hold a hearing in Los Angeles to learn how insurers’ use “affinity group” criteria, such as occupation or education level, to set automobile insurance rates. California’s insurance code “permits insurers to issue insurance coverage on a group basis; however, the rates charged for any group

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Proposes Research on Driver Interactions with ADAS Technologies

May 22nd, 2019 by

Motor vehicle technology is becoming more sophisticated, and it is common to see vehicles that include advanced driver assistant technologies. These technologies include cruise control, lane keeping assistance, automatic emergency brakes, etc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that these technologies “have the potential to dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes,

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