Category: State Laws

Voters overwhelmingly back ‘Right to Repair’ ballot question, reject ranked-choice voting

November 11th, 2020 by

“Right to Repair” supporters declared victory on Question 1.DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/DAVID L RYAN, GLOBE STAFF   Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question Tuesday expanding the state’s “Right to Repair” law, a decision with potentially far-reaching ramifications in the automotive industry about who has access to the highly proprietary data being transmitted by cars. […]

Federal agency raises concerns about Mass. right-to-repair ballot question

September 14th, 2020 by

  Car manufacturers have found a formidable ally in their fight against the new “right to repair” ballot question in Massachusetts: the federal government. A top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a detailed letter to the cochairmen of the Legislature’s consumer protection committee this week, raising concerns about the ballot question and its potentially adverse […]

Emissions Inspections Exempt 20-Year-Old Vehicles

January 26th, 2020 by

On Dec. 1, 2019, North Carolina’s Vehicle inspections requirement began exempting vehicles 20 years old from obtaining a yearly emissions test in the 22 counties in which testing is required. For example, a 1999 model year vehicle is exempt from obtaining an emissions inspection as of Dec. 1, 2019. The following year, a 2000 model […]

Right to Repair 2.0 Headed to 2020 Ballot in Massachusetts

January 26th, 2020 by

On Dec. 4, the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced the collection and submission of 102,000 signatures, which are required for new Right to Repair language to appear on the 2020 ballot. This new language will ensure that real-time diagnostic and repair information transmitted wirelessly will be made available to car owners, who then may […]

Emissions Inspections Exempts 20-Year-Old Vehicles Starting Dec. 1

December 17th, 2019 by

Beginning Dec. 1, North Carolina’s vehicle inspections requirement will exempt vehicles 20 years old from obtaining a yearly emissions test in the 22 counties which emissions testing is required. For example, a 1999 model year vehicle would be exempt from obtaining an emissions inspection starting Dec. 1. The following year a 2000 model year vehicle […]

Vehicle Data Toolkit

August 11th, 2019 by

Vehicle Data Toolkit   Our industry is under threat. Vehicle manufacturers are trying to take control of vehicle data we need. They’re building cars that can wirelessly transmit data straight back to them — cutting out the automotive aftermarket. Repair and maintenance data is critical to doing our jobs. If vehicle manufacturers succeed in creating […]

State Legislative Update

August 11th, 2019 by

State Legislative Update California – Assembly Bill 142 | This bill would increase the amount of the manufacturer lead-acid battery fee to $2, and enable the fee to continue indefinitely while providing funds for consumer education. Position: Neutral Status: The bill passed the Assembly as well as the Senate Environmental Quality and Appropriations Committees. Massachusetts – […]

Register Today for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit

August 11th, 2019 by

Register Today for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit The Auto Care Legislative Summit, a biennial education and advocacy event in Washington, D.C., is taking place this September in conjunction with Auto Care Association Fall Leadership Days. Participants will meet with their members of Congress to educate them on the independent aftermarket and its most […]

State Legislative Overview

April 2nd, 2018 by

New State Laws Hawaii Senate Bill 2243 (Motor Vehicle Insurance) would prohibit insurers from charging additional fees for repairs made with original equipment (OE) manufacturer parts if the vehicle manufacturer recommends OE parts. This bill was heard before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, and amended to include several problematic restrictions including: […]