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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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Small Business Administration to Host Series of Webinars in May

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 1 – Thursday, May 3 between 12:30 pm ET – 6:30 pm ET each day.

The Virtual Conference will feature 12 educational webinars, free business advice from mentors, free information and resources from sponsors and networking opportunities with fellow business owners.

The webinars include:

  • Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints & Keep Your Customers
  • Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Financing
  • Addressing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
  • Sharing Your Story Through Video
  • Pop & Play: How Opening a Pop-Up Shop Can Help Launch Your Retail Brand
  • How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business
  • How to Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing
  • Cybersecure Your Small Business
  • Managing Your Finances in the Cloud
  • Creating and Sustaining a Strong Social Presence
  • The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses
  • Grow Your Business in 2018

For registration, click here.

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EPA Administrator Concludes GHG Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks Are Too High

On April 2nd, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is announcing the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that, in light of recent data, the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. Administrator Pruitt is also announcing the start of a joint process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a notice and comment rulemaking to set more appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.” To see EPA’s full release, click here.

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols responded to the EPA press release stating, “This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program.” To see the full response, click here.

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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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Coalition for Future Mobility Calls for Senate to Address AV START Act

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.

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Data Access Coalition Publishes Statement for DOT’s Public Automated Vehicle Meeting

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.

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Illinois Crash Parts Bill Introduced

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.

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ASA Joins Automated Vehicle Data Access Coalition in Letter of Support

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.

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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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