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WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13, 2011 – U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, has introduced House Bill 229, the Michael Jon Newkirk Transportation Safety Enhancement Act of 2011, that establishes national standards for state safety inspections for motor vehicles. The bill requires states to establish minimum annual vehicle safety inspection programs or lose specific federal funds. For complete article, click here.
Dallas/Jan. 6, 2011 - As a direct result of feedback from industry participants, Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) is pleased to announce it will return to a rotating pattern beginning in 2011. The 2011 exposition will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., which also returns the show to a Thursday – Saturday date pattern. Education will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 5. ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), both sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
Ron Pyle, ASA President, briefly mentioned investigating potential changes at the closing press conference of the 2010 event. Subsequently, ASRW solicited feedback and opinions from the industry through a series of surveys which stated, “you decide.” Participants were asked to provide input on all aspects of the show, and included attendees, exhibitors, and prospects.
“The surveys elicited much more of a response than we were expecting and we are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond,” stated Pyle. “We spent weeks pouring through all the feedback we received from the surveys to grasp what the industry wanted from this show – starting with the location, days of the week, and time of the year.”
ASRW plans to rotate locations between the East, Midwest and West. Rotating the event is intended to attract new attendees, as well as those who have not been attending in previous years. The location for 2012 is to be determined.
“ASRW is the industry’s show, and we’re pleased with the changes we’ve made which align directly to the majority consensus we received,” continued Pyle.
Preparations for the 2011 event are well underway. Housing for the 2011 event will open in late spring and will feature a variety of options, ranging in price from $99 - $200. Registration for attendees and exhibitors will open in early summer. Visit www.ASRWevents.com for more information.
About the EventsNACE – the world’s collision repair event – represents the only B2B event of its kind specifically designed for collision repair industry professionals from around the globe. NACE features a comprehensive educational Conference and Exposition with hundreds of diverse exhibiting companies displaying the latest equipment, products, services and technology available to today’s collision repair industry.
CARS – the premier event for automotive service professionals – features a high-quality education lineup led by industry leaders, along with an exhibitor showcase of automotive service and repair related equipment, products and services.
For additional information, contact Hanley Wood Exhibitions at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128 or call (888) 529-1641 or (972) 536-6444.
About the SponsorThe Automotive Service Association (ASA) is the sponsor of ASRW and two of its shows, NACE and CARS. ASA is the largest international not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive industry through education, legislative representation and member services. Its international membership base includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from all segments of the industry. For additional information about ASA, go to www.ASAshop.org. ASRW, NACE and CARS are produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 19, 2010 – The California Air Resources Board (CARB), Department of Consumer Affairs and the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) recently highlighted CA AB 2289, a new law that will restructure and update the Smog Check program. CARB points out that the new law will tighten inspections as well as raise fines and fees for lack of compliance. <Click Here for complete story>
Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) has announced the schedule for the all-new OE Service Information Center on show floor. ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) and is scheduled for Oct. 10-13, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.The OE Service Information Center, located within the OEM Pavilion, is a newly created area specifically designed to allow qualified representatives from each manufacturer to share service information with the attendees of ASRW, NACE and CARS. Participating OEMs in this area include Nissan North America Inc., Hyundai Motor America, Mazda North America Operations, General Motors, American Honda, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and Mercedes-Benz USA. Also participating within the OE Service Information Center is the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). They will be located in station four, and will be available all three days of the exposition."ASRW is the only place to find this many OEMs all in one place," says Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "Between the new OE Service Information Center, all the OE exhibitors and the OEM theater, the OEM Pavilion will definitely be one of the busiest, most highly anticipated areas on the entire show floor."The schedule for the OE Service Information Center is as follows:
Monday, October 11:•Nissan North America: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (station 1)•Mercedes-Benz USA: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (station 3)•*General Motors: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00p.m. (station 5)•*American Honda: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (station 6)•*Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.: 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (station 7)
Tuesday, October 12:•Nissan North America: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (station 1)•Hyundai Motor America: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (station 2)•Mercedes-Benz USA: 10:00am - 2:00pm (station 3)*General Motors: 10:00am - 5:00pm (station 5)•*American Honda: 10:00am - 5:00pm (station 6)•Mazda North American Operations: 10:00am - 2:00pm (station 7)
Wednesday, October 13:•Nissan North America: 10:00am - 12:00pm (station 1)•*General Motors: 9:00am - 3:00pm (station 5)•*American Honda: 9:00am - 3:00pm (station 6)
*In addition to existing booth space
The following companies are represented in existing booth space within the OEM Pavilion all three Expo days during full exhibit hours: American Honda, Chrysler Group, Ford, General Motors, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc, Infomedia and OEConnection.
The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) Board of Directors announces the information of the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) Advisory Council.
Members of the MAP Advisory Council include Dr. Lance David, Larry Kaplan, Richard Laimbeer, Elizabeth Owen and Darrell Rowe. Laimbeer was selected as Chairman of the Advisory Council and will serve as a voting member of the AMRA Board of Directors and represent the interests of MAP to the AMRA Board. MAP is the consumer outreach effort of AMRA (the nation’s leading consumer auto service non-profit organization).
The MAP Advisory Council will be an independent self-governing body which advises the AMRA Board of Directors on all MAP-related matters, concerns and issues identified by the council. The AMRA Board of Directors may, from time to time, request specific input from the advisory council on topics related to automotive aftermarket service and repair, or general areas related to consumer outreach. The Advisory Council will formulate and submit its own list of practices to the AMRA Board of Directors at its next meeting on October 31.
Dick Laimbeer is a partner with the consulting firm of Docker, Findlay, Swoboda & Associates. Prior to joining DFS&A, Dick was the publisher of Motor Information Systems. He served on the MAP Board of Trustees from 2000-09 and was the MAP Secretary/Treasurer from 2001-08.
Darrell Rowe is the Director of Education & Development for Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC. He has served on the MAP Board of Trustees since 2006 and has been the MAP Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years.
Larry Kaplan is the Administrative Manager of the Consumer Protection Section of the Broward County (FL) Permitting, Licensing & Consumer Protection Division. He has been the MAP Board of Trustees Government Representative since 2002.
Elizabeth Owen is the Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA). She previously served as the Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs. She has been the MAP Board of Trustees Consumer Representative for the past year.
Lance David is the Chairman of the Department of Automotive Technology at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. He was a member of the MAP Board of Trustees from 2002-04 and prior to that was a member of the AMRA/MAP Technical Committee that drafted and updated the MAP Uniform Inspection and Communication Standards (UICS). Prior to joining the College of Lake County, Lance was Director of Training for Midas International.
AMRA is a non-profit association created by concerned automotive service providers, manufacturers and associations. AMRA requires all of its MAP Participating Facilities to adhere to a strict set of fact-based vehicle inspection and communication standards. The MAP guidelines are established criteria not only for recommending replacement of worn parts and other products, but also how these recommendations are communicated to the vehicle owner. MAP also offers tips for choosing and working with qualified repair providers, a list of participating MAP shops in your area, a repair and replacement recommendations look-up for vehicle components and more at
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