Automotive Industry News

Electric Vehicles That Qualify for the Current US Federal Tax Credit

2023-01-10T16:00:51-05:00January 10th, 2023|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News|

Information as of January 10, 2023 As sales of electric vehicles continue to surge, many new and prospective customers have questions about qualifying for federal tax credit on electric vehicles, especially now that a slew of new credits have [...]

FTC to Ramp Up Law Enforcement Against Illegal Repair Restrictions

2021-08-06T10:32:56-04:00August 6th, 2021|Automotive Industry News|

The Federal Trade Commission on July 21, 2021 to unanimously ramp up law enforcement against repair restrictions that prevent small businesses, workers, consumers, and even government entities from fixing their own products. The policy statement adopted today is aimed at [...]

FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

2021-06-02T11:16:18-04:00June 1st, 2021|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration once again is extending temporary hours-of-service exemptions and other “regulatory relief” for commercial motor vehicle drivers transporting items intended to assist with COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. Announced May 26, the extension of Emergency Declaration 2020-002, initially [...]

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Distracted Driving Has Become an Epidemic

2021-04-13T09:33:56-04:00April 13th, 2021|Automotive Industry News, Business and Estate Planning, Safety Tips|

Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on our roads. While drivers texting behind the wheel tops what seems like an endless list of distractions, other risky actions include talking — whether it be on the phone or to [...]

Massachusetts Passes Its ‘Right to Repair’ Initiative

2020-11-23T21:28:33-05:00November 5th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Massachusetts News|

The yes vote has it on Question 1. The ballot measure to expand access to data on vehicular performance passed. “The thousands of ‘Yes on 1’ signs in front of small businesses around the state tell the story ---automakers [...]

Update: Massachusetts “Right to Repair” Battle is Heating Up

2020-09-23T18:18:13-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

We continue to keep a close eye on this issue that would affect vehicle maintenance and repair in Massachusetts. Here's the latest, courtesy of Automotive News: A long, drawn-out battle over "right to repair" from nearly a decade ago [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Fire Prevention and Emergency Training

2020-08-25T11:41:58-04:00August 24th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Safety Tips|

Fire Prevention and Emergency Training: Fire Extinguishers: State fire prevention regulations mandate that all buildings required by the fire department to provide portable fire extinguishers must install and maintain them in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Respiratory Protection

2020-08-25T11:39:15-04:00August 18th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

General Information (29 CFR 1910.134): Respirators protect workers lungs from hazardous airborne chemicals or particles. Employers are responsible for providing adequate respiratory protection that corresponds with the hazardous chemical exposure of the task being performed. Tasks in your shop [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Personal Protective Equipment

2020-08-25T11:35:43-04:00August 13th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

OSHA Requirements for Auto Shops: Listed below are the OSHA requirements and safety topics relevant to auto shops, which all of our members should have a part of their company safety program. Hazardous Communication: Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR [...]