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Rhode Island State Senate Passes Pro-OEM Parts Bill

Rhode Island State Senate Passes Pro-OEM Parts Bill The Rhode Island State Senate passed a bill that would restrict insurance companies’ ability to refuse to cover OEM repair parts in certain situations. Under the current law in Rhode Island, insurers are not allowed to require the use of non-OEM parts on vehicles that are less…

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NY Bill Would Require Safety Inspection Update Study

NY Bill Would Require Safety Inspection Update Study A bill introduced in the New York State Legislature – Assembly Bill (AB) 8190/ Senate Bill (SB) 9436 – would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to “conduct a study to examine and update the requirements of safety inspections conducted on motorcycles, gasoline, zero emissions and alternative…

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NHTSA Warns Against Installing Aftermarket Steering Wheel Decals

NHTSA Warns Against Installing Aftermarket Steering Wheel Decals The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is warning motorists not to install aftermarket steering wheel decals in their vehicles. This warning comes in the wake of a driver who was severely injured in a collision. The decal became a projectile when the airbag deployed and hit…

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Bill Introduced in U.S. House that would Raise Restrictions on EV Tax Credit Qualifications

Bill Introduced in U.S. House that would Raise Restrictions on EV Tax Credit Qualifications A bill was introduced in Congress by U.S. Representative Carol Miller (R-WV) that would make it harder for electric vehicles (EVs) to qualify for EV tax credits. Under regulation set by Treasury under authority set in the Inflation Reduction Act, an…

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GAO Urges NHTSA to Educate the Public More on ADAS

GAO Urges NHTSA to Educate the Public More on ADAS The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in which it urges the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to “take action to enhance consumer understanding of capabilities and limitations” of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems technology. The report warns that the public largely doesn’t…

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New England U.S. Senators Reintroduce the “Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act”

New England U.S. Senators Reintroduce the “Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act” U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have reintroduced the Used Car Safety Recall Act. The legislation would prohibit automotive dealers from selling, leasing, or loaning a used vehicle with an outstanding safety recall. Dealers would need to…

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US EPA Issues Final Rule on Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions

US EPA Issues Final Rule on Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its finalized rule on vehicle emissions. It requires that, across an automaker’s entire fleet, the vehicles’ emissions are reduced 49 percent on average from 2027 to 2032. This rule was initially proposed in the spring of 2023.…

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Bipartisan Lawmaker Duo Explains Flaws in R2R Law in Maine

Bipartisan Lawmaker Duo Explains Flaws in R2R Law in Maine The Democratic Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business in the Maine House of Representatives and a Republican colleague co-authored an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald. In their piece, Reps. Tiffany Roberts (D-District 149) and Amanda Collamore (R-District…

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U.S. House Passes Bill that could Limit China’s Access to Drivers’ Sensitive Data

U.S. House Passes Bill that could Limit China’s Access to Drivers’ Sensitive Data The U.S. House unanimously approved H.R. 7520, the Promoting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024. This bill would make it illegal for a data broker to sell, lease, rent, trade, transfer, release, disclose, provide access to, or otherwise make available…

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FTC and DOJ Support Renewing and Adding Exemptions to Copyright Law for Repair Purposes

FTC and DOJ Support Renewing and Adding Exemptions to Copyright Law for Repair Purposes The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted a joint comment to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of renewing and expanding exceptions to copyright law to facilitate the right to repair. An exemption currently exists, for…

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