According to AASP-MO Executive Director Ron Reiling, the purpose of this event was “to educate our legislators on the actual repair trends and repairs that we experience every day and to separate the myths from the facts concerning the Missouri state safety inspection program and its effectiveness. We planned this because during the last session, legislators made misinformed comments, and opinions came forward that are very inaccurate. During the event, we had an opportunity to discuss the misinformation that followed the bill last session.”
The event was well-received and very informative for legislators.
“Those that attended did a great job of educating and informing our legislators and all participants,” Reiling shared. “AASP-Missouri State President Mike Moehlenkamp conducted a live safety inspection for our guests. The members shared what they see on a daily basis and what safety items the motoring public decline to have repaired, though they continue to operate the vehicle unrepaired. We had a good mix of attendees with incumbents, candidates, shop owners, MSHP and educators in attendance. It was a great sharing of information and corrections made to items they had heard during the legislative process last session. It really opened their eyes to hear from the shop owners of what they see on a daily basis, including the types of required repairs that are declined and safety issues ignored.”
AASP-MO is grateful to Forest Park Community College for hosting the event and to Chris Rogers from Chapman & Sander Insurance for sponsoring the evening. Reiling believes association events are important to members and the industry as a whole, “especially when working on a legislative issue. Industry unity is very important, as is keeping our members informed and representing them on issues.”
For more information about AASP-MO, visit aasp-mo.org.