ASA/AASA Safety Inspection Forum indicates widespread support for vehicle inspection programs

Nov. 21, 2014
On Friday, Nov. 14, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – the light vehicle aftermarket division of Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) – hosted the Vehicle Safety Inspection and Maintenance Forum in East Norriton, Pa.

On Friday, Nov. 14, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – the light vehicle aftermarket division of Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) – hosted the Vehicle Safety Inspection and Maintenance Forum in East Norriton, Pa.

Forum attendees heard from presenters from all sectors of the automotive repair industry including:

 Mary Jo Daley, state representative, Pennsylvania

 John Gross, corporal, the Springfield Police Department

 Cathie Curtis, AAMVA’s director of Vehicle Programs

 Kay Kishbaugh, division manager, Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

 Scott Clapper, director of Vehicle Services, Delaware DMV

 Doug Woolverton, Northeast Division manager and director of Safety Inspection Equipment Division for Hunter Engineering Company

 Bill Hanvey, AASA’s senior vice president for Programs and Member Services

 Trish Serratorre, president of NATEF/AYES

 Tom Gebbie, shop owner and president of ASA-PA

• Two additional panelists

The presenters covered a range of topics including the importance of vehicle safety inspection programs in the prevention of crashes, threats to existing programs, and potential changes to the program in Pennsylvania and other states. Audience members contributed to the conversation, providing valuable insight and offering suggestions on how to improve consumer education and safety inspections overall.

At the conclusion of the forum, Gebbie said, “We at ASA-PA could not be more pleased with the outcome of Friday’s forum. The Vehicle Safety Inspection Program is invaluable in Pennsylvania, and we were glad to have the opportunity to showcase its importance to vehicle administrators, industry leaders, and guests from other states in attendance.”

Bob Redding, ASA Washington, D.C. representative, commented: “Due to the positive response from the Pennsylvania program, ASA plans to continue this event in 2015. We appreciate AASA co-hosting the forum and all that our ASA-PA affiliate did to make this a success. Periodic motor vehicle inspection is a top priority for ASA’s board of directors and we look forward to continuing to educate both policymakers and consumers about the importance of these safety inspection programs.”

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To learn more about ASA, including the many benefits of membership, please visit www.ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2923 or (817) 514-2931. To read past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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