– September 16, 2020 – Today, Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs, Auto Care Association, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Intellectual Property Subcommittee in a hearing regarding whether legislative revisions are needed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In his testimony, Lowe pointed to the major changes to automotive technology that have occurred since the passage of DMCA in 1998. Lowe expressed that no one could have anticipated back then that today’s vehicles would become “computers on wheels.” Presently, vehicle manufacturers are increasingly using firmware and software to control the function and operation of nearly every motor vehicle part, according to Lowe’s testimony. In his testimony Lowe pointed to figures from Dorman Industries which demonstrated that in 2001, a Chevy Suburban had only nine electronic control modules, but a 2021 version of the same SUV now has 103 modules.
– 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.
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:
The undersigned organizations urge you to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These crucial protections should safeguard businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, as well as healthcare providers and facilities from unfair lawsuits so that they can continue to contribute to a safe and effective recovery from this pandemic.
– May 21, 2020 – The Auto Care Association announced today that Representative Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., has joined as the 50th member of the bi-partisan Congressional Auto Care Caucus. The caucus was started in 2017 by co-chairs Reps. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., who wanted to share their enthusiasm and understanding of the auto care industry and garner more support for industry issues on Capitol Hill. Congressional caucuses are classified as “Congressional Member Organizations” and are made up of lawmakers who share common public policy goals pertaining to a particular interest, demographic or political party.
Groups send opposition letter to Congressional leaders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 13, 2020 – Major automotive aftermarket associations, including the Auto Care Association, Tire Industry Association and Service Station Dealers of American and Allied Trades, the Automotive Oil Change Association, and the Automotive Service Association, sent a letter to Congressional leaders in opposition of a new “Cash for Clunkers” type program from being included in the next COVID-19 stimulus legislation.
Group Comprised of 30 Business Sectors, Employing 58 Million American Workers, Will Advocate for Federal Direct Assistance Fund to Power an American Recovery
BETHESDA, Md. – May 4, 2020 – The Auto Care Association today announced it has joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations advocating for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the resilience of American enterprise. Together, the Coalition’s members span 30 business sectors and employ 45% of the nation’s workforce – more than 58 million workers.
. – April 28, 2020 – The Auto Care Association joined hundreds of
businesses and associations in the Americans for Free Trade coalition today,
signing on to a letter urging President Trump to delay the collection of all
duties and fees on imports for March through June 2020. While thanking the president
for his leadership on delaying payment of certain taxes to help businesses with
liquidity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the letter also asks President Trump to
expand the current program—which only covers a limited set of duties on imports for March and April—by extending
the period for another two months and including all duties and fees due on