WASHINGTON (June 10, 2003) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Whitman has signed the Service Information Final Rule requiring the availability of emissions-service information for the automotive aftermarket.
Ms. Whitman's action amends and finalizes the 1995 regulations, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) said. The amendments will provide access to the service data by making it publicly available on the Internet.
ASA said the final rule bolsters its 2002 agreement with auto makers to release all emissions and non-emissions service information to the aftermarket. Auto makers are to comply by Aug. 31.
In 2001, the EPA proposed changes to the 1995 rule to give the aftermarket the necessary service information and diagnostic equipment needed to perform emissions-related repairs on vehicles with onboard diagnostics (OBD). Vehicles from model year 1996 and newer have the OBD systems, which alert drivers when an emissions-control component is not working properly.
As part of the final rule, emissions-related service and training information will be available online; aftermarket equipment companies will have the information to develop vehicle reprogramming capabilities; enhanced diagnostic information will be available to the aftermarket scan tool manufacturers; manufacturer-specific diagnostic tools will be available for sale; manufactures will be required to provide supplemental OBD information needed for emissions-related repairs; and service information for heavy-duty vehicle and engine makers also will be available.
“ASA has supported, for some time, the ASA-auto maker agreement, the National Automotive Service Task Force and the EPA working together to ensure independent repairers have the same information as new car dealers,” said Bob Redding, representative for the ASA.