WASHINGTON (March 14, 2005) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is asking independent repair shops to oppose a measure that would change Washington state's vehicle emission standards.
With the proposed standards, the ASA said, 57 percent of vehicles could have a 15-year, 150,000-mile warranty by 2010.
“Independent shops will virtually be excluded from the repair process,” said Bob Redding, ASA's Washington, D.C. representative. “Independent auto repair shops, at present, perform approximately 75 percent of all non-warranty repairs in Washington. Increasing the impact even more, the legislation eliminates emission inspection and maintenance programs beginning in 2009.”
The ASA is encouraging repairers in the state to contact their representatives about the measures, Senate Bill 5397 and House Bill 1397. For more information, go to ASA's www.takingthehill.com Web site.