District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a closure of all non-essential businesses to slow the spread of COVID19. Mayor Bowser included automotive repair, mechanic shops and related facilities.
To read the full announcement from Mayor Bowser, click here.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan enacted an emergency order to close all non-essential businesses across the state. The order “requires the closure of anything that is not included in the” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum, which includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also announced a statewide order to close all non-essential businesses. Governor Northam includes automotive repair facilities as an essential business.
To read the press release from Governor Hogan, click here.
To read the press release from Governor Northam, click here.
Below is Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order relative to COVID-19. Please review the entire order but specifically note the highlighted provisions numbers 5 and 8. These are important provisions for automotive repairers.
To read the full Executive Order, click here.
Delaware Governor John Carney announced a stay at home order and a list of all essential and non-essential businesses. The list includes automotive repair and maintenance.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards both announced stay at home orders as well, and cite the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum, which includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.
To view the Executive Order from Delaware, click here.
To view the Executive Order from Ohio, click here.
To view the Executive Order from Louisiana, click here.
“As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s responsibilities as assigned under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide strategic guidance, promote a national unity of effort, and coordinate the overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. CISA uses trusted partnerships with both the public and private sectors to deliver infrastructure resilience assistance and guidance to a broad range of partners.”
To read the full document, click here.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 1146. The bill is an amendment to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which allows auto makers and dealers to notify consumers about recalls and warranties.
To read AB 1146, click here.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Assembly Bill (AB) 375, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018. AB 375 goes into effect January 1, 2020 and allows consumers the right to know what data is being collected on them, if it is being sold and to whom, and the right to opt-out.
California AB 1146, is an amendment to the CCPA, that exempts vehicle information retained or shared for purposes of a warranty or recall-related vehicle repair. AB 1146 was introduced by Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-24) on February 21, 2019. The bill was amended by the State Senate Judiciary Committee to more clearly define vehicle recalls. AB 1146 was sent to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for signature.
To read more about AB 1146, click here.
Yesterday, the New Hampshire legislature held a special veto session where legislators reconsidered House Bill (HB) 664. HB 664 addresses original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supported this legislation.
Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the HB 664 in August arguing that it would raise auto insurance premiums “by limiting the ability of insurers to negotiate what is reasonable in the repair process” and stagnate, what is, an already competitive market between small independent repair shops.
The New Hampshire legislature sustained Governor Sununu’s veto by a vote of 241 yeas and 132 nays, lacking the necessary two-thirds vote.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) submitted a letter to New Hampshire legislators regarding House Bill (HB) 664. HB 664, addresses original equipment manufacturer procedures for collision repairs. ASA supports this legislation.
Governor Chris Sununu recently vetoed HB 664, however the bill is up for consideration in a special veto session.
Click here to read ASA’s NH HB 664 Letter.
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 included three panel discussions titled, “How do repair restrictions affect consumers and small businesses?”, “What are the arguments for and against repair restrictions?”, and “What’s the Fix?” Small business owners, industry experts, and state government officials were amongst the panelists that spoke during the workshop discussing how all industries are impacted by manufacturer restrictions and possible solutions.
The FTC is seeking comments and research on this topic until September 16, 2019. To submit a comment or research, click here.
To view the workshop in its entirety, click here.