ASA’s Washington Representative details Federal legislation and issues of importance to the collision repair and automotive service industries.
Legislative and regulatory issues are numerous for the collision repair industry. From legislation that seeks to define the future of mobility and autonomous vehicles, to regulations covering the insurance industry and its dealings with customers and repairers, Federal and State issues abound.
In our video below, Bob Redding, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Washington Representative, details some of the current issues facing the industry on the Federal level and provides an overview of expectations for state legislative activity this year.
One of the key legislative pieces ASA is working on at the Federal level is legislation currently before Congress covering autonomous vehicles. Collision repairers, auto service providers, auto insurers and vehicle manufacturers all have an interest in the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act.
Redding details how the legislation, that was passed by the Senate, seeks to preserve independent automotive service and collision repair facility access to data generated by vehicle systems necessary to repair those vehicles. An amendment, supported by ASA, that was approved by the Senate would establish a federal advisory committee comprised of aftermarket representatives and other stakeholders that would make policy recommendations to Congress with respect to ownership, control and access to information and data highly automated vehicles collect and store.
Redding also provides an update on the current status of the Federal Insurance Office that was established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform. While most insurance regulation occurs at the state level, the Automotive Service Association supports a role for the Federal government in regulating the industry to benefit consumers and the collision repair industry. Redding explains how the association views the benefits of the two-tiered regulatory approach.