Category: Press Releases

ASA Asks State Officials to Review State Farm’s Mandatory Parts Procurement Program

October 1st, 2013 by

Attorneys General, Insurance Regulators Should Review Consumer, Small-Business Impact WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1, 2013 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has sent letters to state insurance regulators and state attorneys general regarding State Farm’s nationwide rollout of changes in its direct repair program, “Select Service.” The letter requests that state regulators review State Farm’s mandate

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Plans for 38 New Advanced Transportation Technology Projects

September 5th, 2013 by

Projects Include New Body Material, Welding, Battery, Lubricant Technologies WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 4, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced it will spend more than $45 million for 38 new projects that will research and develop vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the environment. According to U.S. Department

ASA Launches New Legislative Website

August 27th, 2013 by

Redesign Improves Advocacy Tools for Repairers WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 27, 2013 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has provided independent repairers access to a web-based advocacy program at the federal and state levels for a number of years. After researching various online advocacy programs, ASA has been working to remodel its legislative and regulatory website,

OSHA Withdraws Proposed Rule to Amend On-site Consultation Program

August 20th, 2013 by

ASA opposed proposed rule changes. WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 20, 2013 – Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its decision to withdraw a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally funded on-site Consultation Program. OSHA is withdrawing this rule based on concerns that the proposed changes would discourage employers from participating

ASA Discusses Motor Oil Invoice Regulation with Top NCWM Official

August 15th, 2013 by

States finalize invoice regulations. WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 15, 2013 – Ron Hayes, chairman of the Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee of the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) – which developed the proposed Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities – recently participated in an interview conducted by the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA)

ASA Leaders Meet with Key Officials in D.C. Regarding Most Favored Nation Clauses

July 17th, 2013 by

ASA continues efforts to eliminate MFN clauses WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2013 – Automotive Service Association (ASA) leaders recently gathered in Washington, D.C., to meet with administration and Capitol Hill officials to discuss Most Favored Nation clauses contained in some direct repair program (DRP) agreements with insurance companies. ASA wrote administration officials in 2012 asking

Department of Commerce Institute Makes Uniform Recommendations for Motor Oil Information on Invoices

July 15th, 2013 by

States Begin Implementation Process WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2013 – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology made uniform recommendations for motor oil information on invoices. These uniform standards mandate that the SAE oil ratings, brand and weight are to be placed on a customer’s invoice. Twenty states automatically adopted the standards.

U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Holds Insurance Hearing

June 18th, 2013 by

FIO Director Testifies WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2013 – The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance recently held a hearing titled, “The Impact of International Regulatory Standards on the Competitiveness of U.S. Insurers.” Witnesses included Mike McRaith, director of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) at the U.S. Department of the

Texas Governor Signs Franchise Tax Bill

June 17th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2013 – The Texas Franchise Tax legislation, supported by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and ASA-Texas, was included in Substitute House Bill 500, which recently passed the Texas legislature, and has now been signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Currently, automotive service and collision repair shops owned and operated by new