Skip to content

SBA Announces Streamlined Loan Forgiveness Process for Small PPP Loans The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a streamlined process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans under $50,000. Loans under $50,000 account for approximately 3.5 million of the 5.2 million total loans issued through PPP. This announcement comes after consistent complaints from small business owners about…

Read More

NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Fatality Rate The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) released preliminary traffic data yesterday indicating that while the total number of traffic fatalities has decreased in 2020, the rate of traffic fatalities per miles travelled has spiked significantly. NHTSA attributed this trend to increased risky behaviors, such as neglecting seat…

Read More

U.S. House Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on Fraud and the PPP The United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business conducted a hearing today to discuss ongoing fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and potential remedies. This hearing follows a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that the Small Business Administration (SBA) neglected…

Read More

California Governor Calls for Ban on Gas-Fueled Cars by 2035   California Governor Gavin Newsom released an executive order yesterday requiring that by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles. In his press release, Newsom cited increased concern about the effects of pollution and climate change caused by…

Read More

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Revisit the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation convened today in a hearing to discuss the renewed need for federal data privacy legislation. The discussion focused heavily on California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018, which has been…

Read More

House Republican E/C Committee Members Introduce AV Legislation Bill Fails to Address Vehicle Data Access U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Members introduced, today, Autonomous Vehicle legislation which addresses numerous Automaker concerns relative to research and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The legislation is similar to legislation previously considered by the Committee. Unfortunately, the bill…

Read More

Government Accountability Office Predicts Trouble with PPP Loan Forgiveness The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report Monday warning of potential delays and bureaucratic difficulties for businesses attempting to convert their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans into forgivable grants. As of September 8, the Small Business Association (SBA) has processed and forgiven only 56,000…

Read More

GAVDA Opposes Vehicle Data Restrictions In an open letter, ASA and members of GAVDA stated their disagreement with the OEM’s recent letter to limit the access to vehicle data. In a letter to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation had sought for Congress to intervene in state efforts to…

Read More

NSC releases preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Safety Council (NSC) released their preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety today, and the results show a slight 1 percent increase in total motor-vehicle deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. However, total number of vehicle miles travelled have decreased by nearly 17…

Read More

Congressman calls for GSA to halt sale of recalled vehicles WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, recently wrote a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy regarding the GSA policies of sale and lease of automobiles subject to manufacturer recall. In his…

Read More