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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Michigan's No-Fault Car Insurance Under Fire

The Coalition Protecting Auto No-fault (C-PAN) is in the process of taking The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to the Supreme Court.

The high costs of car insurance in Michigan sparked the lawsuit.

The MCCA covers medical costs for serious accidents totalling more than $530,000 in damages.

The association charges drivers $186 per car and is currently exempt from requests through the Freedom of Information Act or FOIA.

C-PAN argues that the association should not be exempt and records should be opened up to public scrutiny.

An Ingham County judge originally ruled in favor of C-PAN, ordering the MCCA to open up it's records to the public.

However, the MCCA appealed that decision and a 3-judge appellate panel agreed that the association is, in fact, exempt from FOIA requests.

The case is still underway.

Indiana has signed a $21 million contract with Opus Inspection's subsidiary, Envirotest Corp., to provide Vehicle Emissions Testing services for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Under the new contact with IDEM, Envirotest will:

• Operate and maintain the Clean Air Car Check Program (CACC) in Indiana's Lake and Porter counties, capable of testing up to two hundred and twenty thousand (220,000) gasoline-powered vehicles annually.
• Conduct vehicle emission testing at the existing, company owned, seven (7) centralized testing stations with a minimum of twenty-two (22) testing lanes.

"We are very pleased that IDEM is continuing the successful relationship we have enjoyed since 1997," said Jim Sands, President of Opus Inspection.

"Our primary mission in Indiana is to continue to assist the state in fulfilling its objectives to improve air quality through an efficient, effective, and convenient vehicle inspection program that is user friendly to all motorists in Lake and Porter Counties."
The contract term is four (4) years, through December 31, 2018, with an option for Indiana to extend the contract up to four (4) additional years.

UI officials are asking for $3 million to establish a non-profit institute focused on "autonomous intelligent machines and systems."

Part of the Board of Regents' $649 million request in state appropriations for the 2016 budget year includes "special purpose" funds for things like a new University of Iowa institute focused on driverless vehicles and Iowa State University's "agriculture experiment station."

UI officials are asking for $1 million in 2016 -- as part of a $3 million total request over three years -- to establish a non-profit institute focused on "autonomous intelligent machines and systems," according to the regents' appropriations request, which is scheduled for discussion later this week.

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced on Sept. 9, 2014 it helped raise more than $40,000 during the second annual Bent Creek Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Helping Paws, Inc.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 22:41

Collision 34 Expands to New Building

Collision 34 - located at the bustling intersection of Highway 34 and 48 under the busy lights of Osage, MI the past two years - has a new building and a new location.

Owned and founded by Mark Larson, the body and mechanic shop outgrew its old location and is now settling in with a larger building at 45980 Highway 34, formerly Lymburner Awning.

“We had to expand. The location we had been at was just too small,” said Larson.

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, continued its nationwide expansion with the announcement it had acquired USA Collision Centers in Harrison, West Chester, and Cincinnati, Ohio. The news received on Sept. 5 follows ABRA’s initial entry into the state in June 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.