“We will need collision repairers to stand with us one more time this congressional session to protect a regulatory tool that is structured to help consumers and collision repairers,” said Scott Benavidez, AAM, ASA collision operations committee director from Albuquerque, N.M.
The bill would delay changes to overtime regulations – which would make any exempt employee making less than $47,476 eligible for overtime pay effective Dec. 1st – by six months.
Under a Most Favored Nation clause, an insurer is guaranteed that it will receive prices that are at least as favorable as those provided to other carriers doing business with a collision repair facility.
Filed on Dec. 1st, the final conference report for H.R. 22 includes a number of provisions that will lead to safety improvements in both light passenger vehicles and heavy-duty commercial vehicle fleets.
Supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015” (H.R. 2675) would allow companies to construct up to 500 replica vehicles (resembling classic cars produced at least 25 years ago) per year subject to federal regulatory oversight.
Bipartisan group asks how the industry plans to address the challenges associated with expanding technologies such as in-vehicle Wi-Fi, infotainment systems and increased smartphone connectivity.
Members encourage Congress to review Most Favored Nation clauses.
Bill sponsors say it will enhance oversight, improve information-sharing and promote safety of American cars.