ASA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers feel the time has come to require insurers, through legislation, to allow repairers to follow OEM guidelines and to compensate them for following the OEM process.
Why should repairers be interested in what’s going on with autonomous vehicle policy, data access and cybersecurity? Because having the right tools and the right information to repair vehicles are critical elements to the longevity of a successful automotive repair business.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on House and Insurance recently held a hearing, “The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on the Future of Insurance” on Capitol Hill.
ASA made the establishment of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) its top priority during Congress’ consideration of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, and FIO did become part of the Dodd-Frank Reform law.
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.
State Farm was granted preliminary approval of a $250 million settlement in lieu of going to trial in a federal class action suit accusing the company of rigging the Illinois justice system to overturn the $1 billion-plus verdict in the Avery et al. vs. State Farm aftermarket parts case of 1999.
The 2018 state legislative season saw several states consider mandating the use of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures. This issue has been discussed ad nauseum in the collision repair community.
The Auto Care Association applauds Congress for passing H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” The bill reauthorizes the “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act” and allocates $1.2 billion in state grants to fund vocational training at most schooling levels.
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.
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