Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed into law legislation proposed by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, Minnesota (AASP-MN).  Senate File 3508/House File 3822 prohibits insurers from unilaterally and arbitrarily disregarding a repair operation or cost identified by an estimating system.  The legislation will become effective on August 1, 2008. 

Next week, on June 4 and 5, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its state and local partners will offer free seminars in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Md. to educate the auto body repair community on the latest environmental regulations affecting their businesses. The workshop will also include demonstrations in best practices by an experienced auto finisher, as well as offer pollution prevention techniques that will save time and reduce waste. 

The Automotive Service Association (ASA), along with a coalition of various industry groups, has urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to finalize rulemaking that would prevent rebuilt, wrecked, flooded or stolen vehicles from unknowingly landing in consumer’s hands.

"The market has grown at a much faster clip than we thought," said GM President Frederick Henderson. "We're seeing all of our global competition running hard in Russia."

Repairers say MA law needed to protect independent shops and consumers

Three additional independent automotive repair organizations have announced their support for the Right to Repair bill currently before the Massachusetts Legislature on the eve of what is expected to be a critical vote by the committee that has been considering the legislation.

Almost all Americans believe they are safe drivers, yet almost three-quarters are guilty of distracted driving, a survey from Nationwide Insurance  finds.  90% of drivers believe DWD – Driving While Distracted – will only increase in future generations.