WASHINGTON (April 15, 2004) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) Service Information Web sites, which provide emissions-related data to independent repair shops, but the agency has requested additional information from vehicle manufacturers Volvo and Porsche.
The EPA's Service Information regulations (CFR Sect. 86-096-38(7)(ii)) require that each auto maker submit to the EPA a request for approval of the structure and pricing for its Service Information Availability Web site.
According to EPA's approval letters, car makers “must submit a detailed description of the pricing structure and the amounts and support for the position that the pricing structure and amounts are fair and reasonable for emissions-related service information required to be made available by the regulation.”
The Bedford, Texas-based Automotive Service Association (ASA) said it submitted written comments and testimony in support of the 2003 final EPA Service Information regulation.
“ASA is pleased the EPA continues to monitor the progress of the emissions service information regulation and auto maker Web sites. The spirit of the regulation supports ASA's service information agreement with the auto makers,” said Bob Redding, ASA's Washington representative.