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June 14, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted the attached statement for the record for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles." Global Automakers continues to support a consistent national approach to automated vehicle (AV) policy that clarifies the respective roles of federal, state and local governments. Preempting state laws and regulations that prescribe AV design and performance standards will spur the pace of development, testing, and commercialization of this emerging technology. We commend Chairman Thune, Ranking...
June 12, 2017
Agency Comments
The Association of Global Automakers submitted the attached comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) regarding the upcoming negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) . The NAFTA has been a success both for the country and the auto industry. It has fostered economic integration throughout the region and enhanced our global competitiveness. Global Automakers supports modernizing the NAFTA in a way that ensures NAFTA’s continued success in the future.
June 9, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted a letter in opposition to SB 276 to the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 276 establishes standardized methods and appeals procedures for the calculation of fair and reasonable compensation for parts and labor used in warranty services. Global Automakers strongly opposes the legislation, as detailed in seven points in the letter. In a June 8 hearing, the Judiciary Committee did not vote on the bill and the legislation was held for further study.
May 24, 2017
Blog
It is unfortunately all too often the case that in their rush to regulate some new issue, well-meaning politicians end up doing more harm than good. This is certainly the case with automated or self-driving vehicles. In their valiant quests to position themselves at the forefront of automated vehicle (AV) technology, a number of states are instead becoming the least tech-friendly by enacting a multitude of convoluted and counter-productive laws and regulations. Thankfully, Wisconsin is not one of them. Governor Scott Walker has taken the Badger state on "the road best traveled" by signing...
May 18, 2017
Press Release
Time to bring NAFTA into 21st CenturyStatement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers  WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 18, 2017 – “Global Automakers believes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a success both for the country and the auto industry. While it has fostered economic integration throughout the region and enhanced our economic competitiveness, we recognize the need to modernize this agreement to address technological changes to better meet new market demands. We support the Administration’s effort to update NAFTA and we look forward to working...
May 17, 2017
Blog
This week, there has been a lot of talk about our country’s ‘infrastructure’.  Much of the conversation is about building and improving our roads, waterways and airports using traditional materials such as concrete, steel and asphalt. However, I want to go a step further and talk about the “smart” use of infrastructure. The reality is that technology – in the form of spectrum, sensors, and algorithms – will be the raw materials for a revolution to provide a safer, more efficient, and more sustainable way of life. Back when I worked for New York City Mayor David Dinkins I helped negotiate a...
May 15, 2017
Press Release
Washington, DC, May 15, 2017 – Auto industry veteran Steve Gehring has joined the Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) as its Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation.  Under this newly created position, Gehring will lead the Association’s efforts on auto safety, connected and self-driving vehicle policies.  “With the auto industry in the midst of a technological evolution, we are thrilled to have a proven leader like Steve join our team,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers.  “Mobility is changing and Steve’s extensive background in...
May 4, 2017
Press Release
Automakers Commends Governor Larry Hogan over Backing of EVs Tax Credit Program Washington, DC, May 4, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) applauds the passage of the Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2017 that boosts the state investment in its’ electric vehicle (EV) excise tax credit program. “Governor Hogan demonstrated his environmental leadership today by extending and increasing Maryland’s EV excise tax credit program and increasing charging station rebates,” said John Bozzella President and CEO for Global Automakers. “These types of state consumer incentive...
May 4, 2017
Press Release
Global Automakers Welcomes Lauren O’Toole Boland as New Communications Manager WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 4, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased to announce that Lauren O’Toole Boland has joined the Association as communications manager. She will support the integration of Global Automakers communications across multiple channels to advance the Associations policy objectives.  Boland has spent her professional career in political communications. Prior to joining the Global Automakers, Boland served as communications director for two members of Congress and...
April 28, 2017
Letter
The Association of Global Automakers submitted a letter to the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate expressing opposition to HB 1449 which would impose a new fee on electric-drive vehicles.
April 28, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted opposition testimony on Alabama SB 379 which would authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles on public and private roads at certain testing sites and would require the testing and approval of autonomous technology prior to operation. Municipalities and counties would be authorized to impose restrictive requirements for the testing of autonomous vehicles. Global Automakers strongly encourages Alabama to identify and remove barriers to automated vehicle advancement before establishing new laws. States must tread very carefully in this area, because they may...
April 28, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted a letter in opposition to Colorado SB 298 which makes several concerning changes to Colorado's franchise statute, including compensation for vehicle recalls, facility upgrades, right of first refusal, relevant market area, relocation, termination, and warranty reimbursement. Given that this legislation was introduced with little more than two weeks remaining in session, Global Automakers' letter requests that the legislature postpone further discussion on the matter until all stakeholders have had a chance to discuss these issues outside the pressures of a...
April 28, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted opposition testimony on Tennessee HB 381 which creates the Automated Vehicles Act (AVA) to establish registration, restraint, operational, and accident requirements for autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads and highways in Tennessee. Global Automakers' opposition centers on the fact that states should avoid creating a fractured regulatory environment in the United States concerning automated vehicles.
April 25, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers submitted comments to the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) in response to their March 10, 2017 notice of proposed action to amend sections of the California Code of Regulations concerning automated vehicles.   At the California DMV’s Public Workshop on Automated Vehicles today, Global Automakers Senior Manager of Safety and Connected Automation Paul Scullion summarized the comments, stating that "the proposed regulations go too far in a number of respects, most importantly, the unnecessary regulatory restrictions the DMV seeks to impose on the actual sale,...
April 13, 2017
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASES     Contact: Annemarie Pender 202.650.5548 | apender@globalautomakers.org  Automakers Back Connected Car Regulations WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 12, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers expressed its support for a proposed rulemaking requiring Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications capability in all new automobiles in comments filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT). "As vehicles become more connected and automated, it is important that the policy environment support the deployment of this lifesaving technology,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of...
April 13, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted written testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee's hearing to examine a range of automated vehicle (AV) proposals currently before the legislature. Global Automakers opposes any legislation that creates a patchwork of separate state laws establishing inconsistent design and performance criteria for automated vehicles. We also oppose legislation that erects barriers to testing and eventual deployment of this technology. As evidenced by the numerous and varied proposals in Massachusetts, this concern is very real. The bills before the committee...
April 12, 2017
Bulletin
On April 12, 2017, Global Automakers submitted comments in response to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) notice of proposed rulemaking on vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) technology. These comments support the expeditious implementation of V2V communications technology and highlight some key considerations in regard to the agency's approach, as well as provide specific comments on the proposed regulatory text.
April 12, 2017
Agency Comments
On April 12, 2017, the Safety Spectrum Coalition submitted comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) January 12, 2017 notice of proposed rulemaking on “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; V2V Communications.” The Safety Spectrum Coalition represents a broad group of industries, highway users, and transportation technology, consumer, and safety advocates that support and promote the need for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology, supported by the 5.9 GHz safety spectrum band. DSRC vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) can save lives and...
April 10, 2017
Agency Comments
On April 10, 2017 Global Automakers submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on the proposed 2030 Scoping Plan for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Global Automakers supports a flexible, multi-sector approach to ongoing greenhouse gas emissoin reductions. In particular, considering the stringent goals to expand Zero Emission Vehicles in the market as part of this proposed Plan, Global Automakers highlights: The need for the Scoping Plan to include market-based mechanisms to support future regulatory programs; That any regulations that results must go through a...
April 10, 2017
Agency Comments
On April 10, 2017, Global Automakers submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) regarding our support for a technology-neutral approach to the allocation of funds for ZEV-related infrastructure as part of the "Volkswagen Settlement Investment Plan: Cycle I." Global Automakers continues to support that all technologies will be needed to achieve ZEV and climate change goals and therefore recommends that a portion of funds be devoted to hydrogen infrastructure, in addition to electric charging infrastructure. 
April 3, 2017
Blog
We’ve just come through an…. interesting… debate on health care, and the next subject up may be tax reform.  One key element of a plan being put forward is described as a “border adjustment tax.”  It’s definitely a tax, but the only thing it adjusts is who will actually pay taxes, on what.  And that’s why Global Automakers opposes it as outlined in the House Blueprint on Tax Reform. While the precise details of the tax haven’t been spelled out, the basic concept is clear.  It will be tax on goods that cross the border coming into the U.S.  That may sound benign, until you consider that...
March 27, 2017
Testimony
Association of Global Automakers submitted a statement for the record to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing on “Self-Driving Cars: Levels of Automation" on March 28, 2017.
March 27, 2017
Testimony
In a letter to the Florida Senate Transportation Committee, Global Automaker opposed Florida SB 1678. The bill is not only unfair and prejudicial to Global Automaker members but would result in higher costs and more litigation to the detriment of Florida consumers. The bill also restates burdensome provisions already contained in Florida statute which is unnecessary and would cause confusion.
March 24, 2017
Testimony
In a letter to the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee, Global Automakers opposed Rhode Island HB 5901, which would amend the state's franchise law. Global Automakers highlighted several concerns with the bill, including concern with rates for labor and warranty work performed by dealers. Additional concerns highlighted in the letter include recall notice provisions and how manufactures recover compliance costs.
March 24, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers Director of State Government Affairs Damon Porter testified before a joint hearing of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Transportation Committees. Mr. Porter's  testimony focused on how states can work to promote development on this life saving technology and specifically how Pennsylvania can work to remove barriers and advance the development of automated vehicles technology. When addressing pending legislation in Pennsylvania, Mr. Porter stated that while the the bill erects unnecessary barriers for companies seeking to test automated vehicles in the state. The bill would...

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