The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has joined forces with other U.S. manufacturers warning President Trump and the U.S. Congress that newly-enacted tariffs have the potential to harm American companies, workers, and consumers.
One amendment, adopted by the House Insurance Committee, would allow a work-around for insurers by recommending adherence to “industry standards” as an alternative to the vehicle manufacturer’s repair procedures.
The Indiana Senate unanimously passed a new insurance anti-steering bill in January; however, the language of the bill has changed so dramatically that the regional autobody association that originally lobbied to have it introduced has withdrawn support.
U.S. Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter, R-Ga., is currently developing an automotive data access bill that will create a stakeholder committee at the U.S. Department of Transportation, allowing policymakers to hear from all sides of the automated vehicle discussion and ensure the independent repairer has a seat at the table.
A lifelong body shop owner has stepped into a crowded field of gubernatorial candidates in Maine. Shawn Moody, owner of the 11-store Moody’s Collision Centers, announced his candidacy in late November.
With the recent change in leadership in Washington, D.C., to a decidedly more anti-regulation regime in both the White House and Congress, the state of fuel efficiency standards and other environmental regulations that affect the auto industry are now in flux.
Even if your shop’s state legislature isn’t working on any such bills, keeping up with what’s happening in other states may give you or your state association ideas on what type of laws to work on – or watch out for – while your elected representatives meet.
This week, the Automotive Service Association’s Collision Operations Committee (COC) met with the Federal Insurance Office’s (FIO) deputy director, Steven Seitz, and other FIO officials to discuss the future of the FIO, as well as its work in the property and casualty sector as related to vehicles.
The now infamous court case in which attorney Todd Tracy and his clients are suing John Eagle Collision Center for more than $1 million due to negligence has made headlines on countless news outlets, and speaks to a number of concerns collision repairers face every day.
On June 20, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Maine LD 1540. If enacted, LD 1540 would have clarified a provision in Maine’s anti-steering law, specifically regarding an insurer’s responsibility to convey that the insured or claimant has the legal right to choose the motor vehicle repair service to fix the vehicle.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) cautions that some third-party vendors that collision and service repair shops do business with might be reselling their customers’ data in detail, or as an aggregate, to other third parties.
On April 19, ASA Chairman Roy Schnepper, and ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley, met with key leaders in Washington, D.C., to discuss automated vehicle policy and data access. During Capitol Hill meetings, Schnepper and Risley outlined the importance of data access to independent automotive repairers.
The petition requested that the U.S. Supreme Court review a state Supreme Court decision, which denied the state the ability to enforce a 2016 law passed in South Dakota that required state sales tax be collected on all internet sales.
The Automotive Service Association of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (ASA MA/RI) has written to Governor Baker and asked that he make fixing the
problem plagued new program for emissions inspections, which rolled out Oct. 1, a administration priority.
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