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Legislation to Watch

Your voice counts!  We value your opinion and will include you to the many others like you in our efforts to advocate on behalf of your business’s best interest.  Our two main categories of legislative oversight pertaining to transportation and environmental causes.

Advocating for the Success of Independent Automotive Repair Shops and Tire Dealers

Legislation can significantly impact the operations and profitability of repair shops, tire stores, and distributors of industry related products. Laws and regulations affect multiple types of services a small business can offer, ex; technician training and certification, in addition to the equipment and tools that a shop must use. Staying informed and engaged in the legislative process will provide owners the tools to monitor laws and regulations affecting their businesses to be fair, reasonable, and support the continued growth of our industry. While it is time consuming and difficult for business owners to keep track of every bill introduced, and new regulations that arise, we can help you be compliant and avoid penalties and fines. The ASTA staff works hard to provide you with the information you need to stay informed.

If you see a “Call to Action” alert from us, please read and respond to enable proper legislative action in our lobbying needs to support you!

Compliance and Support

While it is time consuming and difficult for business owners to keep track of every bill introduced, and new regulations that arise, ASTA can help you be compliant and avoid penalties and fines. The ASTA staff works hard to provide you with the information you need to stay informed.

Call to Action

The ASTA will be bringing you up-to-date government affairs information as the ’23 General Assembly Session continues.  We will be monitoring and advocating legislatively to assist and promote the integrity and profitability for your business.

Government Affairs and Legislative Information

Past, Current, and Future initiatives

Who Represents Me?

What about my business?

Vehicle & Transportation Law Changes

Summaries of Various

Scrap Tire Program

Scrap tire enhancement changes

Clarification on Bills

Emissions Elimination and
Inspection Reduction

Catalytic Converters

Possession converter removed 

Statement Required

Vehicle repair estimate and disclosure statement required

News & Articles

GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GREENSBORO, N.C. — There is a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians, which is causing repair times to be longer.

What You Need To Know
The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020
Most people working in the automotive industry are over the age of 55
Derek Morehead is a first-year student at Guilford Technical Community College
Derek Morehead’s high school automotive class helped determine his future in the automotive industry. He says he took it for fun then shortly fell in love with it.

But these automotive classes aren’t widely available.

“There’s not as many automotive programs and high schools as there used to be. However, from what I’m seeing and hearing is that’s going to make a comeback not only in the automotive sector, but also other aspects of career and technical education like carpentry, electronics and things like that, which is fantastic,” said Guilford Technical Community College Department Chair Jeff Faircloth.

The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020, according to TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit that guides students into careers as professional technicians.

Now, a first-year student at Guilford Tech, Morehead gets to turn his passion into a career.

“Being able to see what I’m learning actually does matter when I go to work,”
Morehead said. “It definitely makes me more engaged in class acts and more questions.”

Working part-time at Mercedes helps him apply what he’s learned in class.

“It’s nice having to go to school and work at the same time. So like whenever I’m at work, if I don’t understand something, I always can come here and like get a deeper explanation of it than what I could get at work,” Morehead said.

Faircloth added the goal of the automotive program at GTCC is to get students jobs in the industry and help the local economy, as well as help the students be successful.

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