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Auto Care Association Applauds Senate Commerce Committee on Vehicle Data Access and Control Amendment to AV START Act

Posted by Auto Care News on October 05, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – October 5, 2017 – The Auto Care Association applauds the Senate Commerce Committee for including a vehicle data access and control amendment in the “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies” (AV START) Act (S 1885).  The amendment sponsored by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) requires that the Department of Transportation convene a federal advisory committee comprised of stakeholders to provide recommendations to Congress “with respect to the ownership of, control of, or access to, information or data that vehicles collect, generate, record, or store in an electronic form that is retrieved from a highly automated vehicle or automated driving system.”

Auto Care Association Identifies Alibaba as Notorious Market for Counterfeit Auto Parts

Posted by Auto Care News on October 03, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – October 3, 2017 – The Auto Care Association submitted comments yesterday urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to relist Alibaba and its family of e-commerce platforms including Taobao and AliExpress as notorious markets that facilitate the sale of counterfeit auto parts. The letter was submitted as part of the USTR’s request for comments in identifying internet and physical markets based outside the United States that engage in copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting for its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets Report.

Auto Care Association Applauds Joint Statement on Tax Reform

Posted by Auto Care News on July 27, 2017

BETHESDA, MD – July 27, 2017 – The Auto Care Association is pleased and relieved to see that the tax reform framework negotiated by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and announced today, has removed the border adjustment tax (BAT) from consideration.  

Auto Care Association, AIA Canada and ARIDRA Submit Joint NAFTA Statement to USTR

Posted by Auto Care News on July 13, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – July 13, 2017 – The Auto Care Association submitted a joint position statement to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday on behalf of the North American automotive aftermarket groups in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Auto Care Association Testifies Before United States Trade Representative on NAFTA

Posted by Auto Care News on June 28, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – June 28, 2017 – Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, Auto Care Association, testified today before the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, D.C.

Auto Care Association Says No to Transition Period for Border Adjustment Tax

Posted by Auto Care News on June 14, 2017

Chairman Brady Fails to See the Impact on Families and the Auto Care Industry


BETHESDA, MD – June 14, 2017 – The Auto Care Association expressed its disappointment this week that U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, proposed a five-year transition plan for the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) that is intended to subdue the BAT critics. The proposed tax on imports would significantly increase auto repair and maintenance costs for the average car owner in the United States. 

Auto Care Association Testifies in Support of New Jersey Vehicle Warranty Parts Notification Legislation

Posted by Auto Care News on June 12, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – June 12, 2017  The Auto Care Association today strongly urged the New Jersey Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee in the New Jersey State House to pass A. 2612 legislation that would provide car owners with important information regarding their warranty rights when they purchase a new vehicle.