ASA Stresses Importance of Data Access to Congressional Leaders

A meeting between the Automotive Service Administration (ASA) and Congressional legislators took place last week, during which the organization addressed the importance of data access for independent automotive repairers.

To that end, they outlined their support for an amendment proposed by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), that would revise current law to create an advisory committee on automated vehicle data access issues. The committee would report to Congress and allow a vehicle for independent repairers to connect with legislators.

“Automated vehicle policy will affect the entire automotive industry, not just OEs and consumers,” ASA Chairman Roy Schnepper said. “These issues are complicated and nuanced, and we were encouraged to hear that our leaders in Washington are taking this seriously. If passed, the Inhofe amendment in the AV bill will allow more time for the industry to provide additional insights to Congress and the Administration.”

ASA leaders also met with U.S. Department of Transportation officials to discuss access to vehicle repair information. As the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind, they brought with them the backing of a sizeable collection of the nation’s independent automotive service and collision repair professionals.

This story, by Chris Galford, first appeared on

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