Virginia State Representative Joseph McNamara (R-08) prefiled House Bill 130, aimed at abolishing Virginia’s motor vehicle safety inspection program. This bill will eliminate a program that is designed to protect the motoring public. Regular safety inspections by a qualified technician identify and repair most safety issues that can arise from normal wear and tear on a vehicle. Without a vehicle safety inspection program in place these normal wear and tear issues will go unnoticed and put the motoring public at risk. Virginia’s state motor vehicle safety inspection program is one of fifteen left in the nation, more often than not the motor vehicle safety inspection program is seen as an unnecessary expense for consumers.
The Automotive Service Association has been a longtime advocate of periodic motor vehicle safety state inspection programs.
This morning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) filed to study replacing traditional outside rearview mirrors with camera-based systems. NHTSA said that the “visibility-related technologies depends on both the performance of the systems and on drivers’ ability to effectively and comfortably use the systems.” NHTSA will be examining drivers’ eye glance behavior and other aspects of driving behavior over the multi-year study. The full notice will be posted in the Federal Register tomorrow.
Click here to read the Drivers’ Use of Camera-Based Rear Visibility Systems Versus Traditional Mirrors Proposal.
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, if an OEM repair procedure requires scans or a diagnostic test of the vehicle, it will be considered as part of the repair procedure.
ASA supports OEM repair procedure legislation and AB 8050. Following OEM repair procedure guidelines not only ensures that the vehicle is being repaired efficiently but ensures the best opportunity for safety for the motoring public. The bill has been assigned to the Assembly’s Insurance Committee.
To read more about the bill, click here.
Missouri State Representative J. Eggleston introduced House Bill 451, that would have repealed the requirement that motor vehicles be inspected before being licensed. This bill would have eliminated a program that is specifically designed to protect the motoring public. This legislation passed the Missouri House of Representatives but failed to make it to the Missouri Senate floor for a final vote.
Regular safety inspections by a qualified technician can identify and repair most safety issues that can arise from normal wear and tear on a vehicle. Without a vehicle safety inspection program in place these normal wear and tear issues will go unnoticed and put the motoring public at risk.
While House Bill 451 died in the Senate, two additional bills saw language added that dilute the vehicle safety inspection. Senate Bill 89 and Senate Bill 147 have been sent to Missouri Governor Michael Parson for signature.
The Automotive Service Association urges Missouri repairers and vehicle owners to contact Governor Parson’s office. To oppose these bills and for them not to be signed into law.
Call Governor Parson’s office at (573) 751-3222 or email his office here.
This week Reuters reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “will drop rules that were first proposed in 2012 that would have required automakers to install brake-throttle override systems to prevent runaway vehicles.”
NHTSA determined that the rule was no longer necessary as automakers have voluntarily installed these systems in vehicles and don’t anticipate automakers removing this system.
To view the proposed rule, click here.
This morning the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing titled, “Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation’s Roadways.” In a press release, Chairwoman Holmes-Norton (D-DC) states the purpose of the hearing is to “look to modernize traffic flows and infrastructure, [as] we must confront the chronic federal underinvestment that has left our roads more dangerous to pedestrians and drivers alike.” In 2017, it was recorded that there were over 37,000 deaths on roadways. Witness testimonies touch on numerous ways to improve road safety such as increasing funding, decreasing the BAC limit, developing complete streets policies and practices, and updating the Highway Safety Improvement Program.
- The Honorable Jennifer Homendy, Member, National Transportation Safety Board
- The Honorable Fred Jones, Vice Mayor, City of Neptune Beach, Florida on behalf of Transportation for America
- Michael L. Brown, Chief of Police, City of Alexandria
- Jay Bruemmer, Vice President, K & G Striping, Inc. on behalf of the American Traffic Safety Services Association
- Mike Sewell, Active Transportation Service Line Leader, Gresham Smith on behalf of The League of American Bicyclists
- Nicholas Smith, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, The National Safety Council
To view the subcommittee hearing in its entirety, click here.
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing on “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving.” In her opening statement, Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) stated, “we have addressed a number of auto safety issues over the years…[but] we have not really addressed the number one cause of death on America’s roadways – drunk driving.” Committee members discussed ignition interlock devices and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) research with the auto industry of new alcohol-detection technology.
- The Hon. Joan Claybrook, Board Member, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
- Helen Witty, National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- David Kelly, Executive Director, Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers
- Robert Strassburger, President & CEO, Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.
To view the hearing in its entirety, click here.
This week U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) sent House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. a letter requesting once again that the Committee take up self-driving vehicle legislation. Last Congress, the Committee put together a bipartisan bill, the SELF DRIVE Act, that passed in the House but, ultimately, failed to be considered on the Senate floor. The letter outlines the positive impact self-driving legislation would have to the American public including the potential to save lives, increase mobility for those without easy access to public transportation and maintaining international competitiveness.
To read the full letter sent to Chairman Pallone, click here.
ASA submitted comments to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Consumers Affairs in support of House Bill (HB) 664, addressing the issue of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures. HB 664 would require that “insurers shall reimburse a repairer for all repairs if a repairer follows original equipment manufacturer recommended collision repair procedures, recommendations, or service bulletins, while repairing a vehicle.” This bill seeks to ensure quality and safe repairs for the motoring public.
To view the full text of the comments sent to the Committee, click here.
This week the Connecticut Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate held a public hearing on House Bill 7266, addressing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The ASA supports this legislation and has submitted comments to the Committee including a proposed amendment. The amendment assures no insurer shall condition payment of a claim to the insured or to any person conducting a collision repair based upon the utilization of any repair procedure or specification that does not confirm to the original manufacturer’s repair procedures. Additionally, it is critical that pre- and post-scans are part of the repair processes as this is more important than ever with emerging vehicle technologies. This will ensure that the State of Connecticut has done as much as possible to protect consumers, small businesspersons, and the motoring public.
To view the full letter to the Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, click here.