BETHESDA, Md. – July 2,
2018 – The Auto Care Association
last Friday urged the Trump administration to consider the severity of
unintended consequences that may ensue by imposing tariffs on imported autos
and auto parts, including the negative impact it would have on both the U.S.
automotive industry and the jobs created by these imports, but also the U.S.
economy at large.
The Auto Care Association applauds today’s decision by the Supreme Court
to permit states to collect sales tax on purchases of products made over the Internet. The 5-4 decision means that online sellers will now be on a level playing field with brick and mortar retailers regarding charging sales tax. The Auto Care Association had filed an amicus brief with other retail groups urging the Supreme Court to hear the case based on the price advantage that the current system provided on-line sellers. The decision
overturns a previous Supreme Court decision that required companies to have a physical presence in the state where the purchaser resided in order to charge sales tax.
BETHESDA, Md. – June 19, 2018 – The Auto
today announced it has joined the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels, which advocates
for meaningful, science-based information about the products consumers buy and
use. The group represents more than 60 organizations, including farmers,
manufacturers, small businesses and retailers.
– May 15, 2018 – Today, the Auto Care Association
’s Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, testified before the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
on the anticipated negative effects of the Trump administration's Section 301 tariffs on automotive parts and components imported from China. The tariffs are part of a proposed action by the administration to address unfair acts, policies and practices by China that are related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation.
BETHESDA, Md. – April 12, 2018 – The Auto Care Association joined with more than 100 trade groups yesterday to express concern to Congress regarding the potential impact of the Trump Administration’s decision to use tariffs to address China’s unfair trade practices. In the letter addressed to the Chair and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee
, the trade groups stated their agreement that China’s “ongoing intellectual property rights violations, forced technology transfers and state intervention harm U.S. companies, workers, consumer and our competitiveness.” The letter also stated that, “the proposed tariff list, and escalating tariff threats made by the administration, however, will not effectively advance our shared goal of changing these harmful Chinese practices.”
BETHESDA, Md. – April 10, 2018 – Today in a hearing before the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C., Auto Care Association
Senior Vice President for Regulatory and Government Affairs, Aaron Lowe, testified in support of the association’s petition to expand the current exemption for consumers under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The current exemption allows access to encrypted software for the purposes of repair for car owners only. The association previously petitioned in September to expand the consumer exemption to also include entities that provide services on behalf of car owners, including tool manufacturers and repair shops.
BETHESDA, Md. – March 29, 2018 – The Auto Care Association
today announced the launch of its 2018 grassroots advocacy initiative, the Auto Care Hometown Summit, which will focus on promoting engagement with elected officials at the local level. The new initiative will aim to increase awareness among our nation’s leaders about the value the auto care industry brings to not only the United States economy, but also local towns and communities.