ACR 152, jointly sponsored by CAWA and AAIA, has passed the California state Senate and has been adopted by the full legislature.
The bill authored by Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, recognizes the considerable contributions of the automotive aftermarket to the state's economy, transportation system, and environmental stewardship while also providing robust consumer choices for the transportation needs of Californians. The resolution also recognizes and supports the designation of April as National Car Care Month.
"I'm pleased to author ACR 152 honoring the hard working men and women in the automotive aftermarket industry that provide consumers with low cost, quality alternatives and options for their automotive maintenance and repair needs," says Hernandez. "In order to meet the challenges we face today over transportation emissions we have to be more vigilant than ever before in the upkeep and maintenance of our vehicles. Through the passage of ACR 152 the legislature recognizes the automotive aftermarket's role in keeping our vehicles well maintained which leads to lower tail pipe emissions and green house gas reductions."
"The passage of this legislative resolution by both Houses of the Legislature is a real honor for the automotive aftermarket industry and we applaud Assemblyman Hernandez for his leadership in recognizing the aftermarket's role in helping reduce emissions," states Rodney K. Pierini, CAWA President & CEO. "While we in the aftermarket have known intuitively of the significant contributions the industry provides to consumers, the environment and the economy, it has now been recognized and acknowledged by the California Legislature too."
"We all know the benefits of the national 'Be Car Care Aware' campaign and the designation of April as National Car Care Month, but it's a significant step in the right direction that the California legislature now understands why educating the motoring public about the importance of vehicle safety and the environmental benefits facilitated by proper vehicle maintenance is so important," adds Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA President and CEO.