– July 29, 2020 – The independent heavy duty aftermarket has united to support the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) for product data and urges all suppliers to embrace these standards. PIES is an industry standard format for the communication of product data. As the automotive industry has seen, the use of a uniform standard simplifies and enhances communication throughout the entire supply chain. FleetPride, HDA Truck Pride and VIPAR Heavy Duty have united in this cause and are calling for all suppliers servicing the heavy duty industry to adopt the PIES standard due to its critical importance to the industry.
– July 27, 2020 – Representatives from the Auto Care Association and its membership met with James Owens, deputy administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on Friday, July 24, to discuss the data access referendum that will be included as “Question 1” on the ballot for Massachusetts voters this November. A vote in favor of Question 1 would give Massachusetts vehicle owners the ability to access their mechanical data and to provide authorization to share that data with their independent repair shops. The meeting focused on a July 20 letter the NHTSA sent to Massachusetts state legislators echoing the contention of the automakers that access to data by vehicle owners would create cyber security concerns.
– July 14, 2020 – The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee turned in 24,000 signatures on Wednesday, July 1 to the Secretary of State regarding a ballot question that would mandate car companies provide car owners with control of repair data generated by their vehicles. The submission is more than the 13,374 signatures that are required by law to have a question placed on the ballot. While these signatures are usually collected manually, the COVID-19 virus forced the Committee to seek a consent decree from the Massachusetts Supreme Court that permitted the collection of signatures electronically.
BETHESDA, Md. – July 10,
2020 – The Auto Care Association announced it is extending the submission
deadline for the 2020 awards recognizing excellence in education. These awards
include the “Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award” and “Auto Care Career
& Education (ACE) Award.”
Md. – July 9, 2020 – This edition of Market Insights with Mike highlights recent trends in
vehicle miles traveled that are encouraging, but perhaps offset by other
statistics that loom as indicators of another rough patch for the U.S. economy
and the aftermarket.
After serving more than 20 years as executive director
of the Car Care Council
, Rich White will step down June 30 from leading the
non-profit organization and its popular “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education