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Rhode Island Telematics Bill Stalls in Committee

Committee Recommends Measure Be Held for Further Study

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2016 – On May 24, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 2055. This legislation attempts to regulate the generation, collection, analysis, dissemination and sharing of connected-car vehicle data.

ASA opposes S.B. 2055. Prior to the hearing, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) submitted a letter explaining its position on the bill to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael J. McCaffrey. In the letter, ASA’s legislative representative, Robert L. Redding Jr., said:

“SB 2055 is not about the ability to repair vehicles as proponents of the bill have suggested; all of the information necessary to diagnose and repair an automobile is readily available to consumers and all repair facilities. In fact, ASA in collaboration with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) recently launched a new comprehensive online resource at to further assist independent repair professionals and interested consumers in accessing factory tools, service information, programming software and more. And automakers have entered into a 50-state Memorandum of Understanding that ensures access to tools and electronic service information and data necessary to repair any vehicle; legislation in Rhode Island is not necessary for service and repair needs.”

To see the full text of Senate Bill 2055, please visit

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit or call (817) 514-2900.

For additional information about ASA, including past media releases, go to, or visit ASA’s legislative website at

Contact: ASA Washington, D.C. Office
(202) 543-1440

For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 16.23

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