Professional automotive recyclers and industry supporters from around the country joined together in Washington, D.C. on April 9 and 10 to hold one of the most informative and productive annual Hill Days in recent years. Recyclers from nearly two dozen states participated in over 60 Congressional appointments to ask their Members of Congress for assistance in putting pressure on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement a 2015 federal law requiring automakers to provide OEM parts data for recalled parts. The Congressional feedback from the ARA member visits has been overwhelmingly positive. ARA staff has met with numerous Congressional offices to follow-up on the issue and has several more meetings scheduled for the coming weeks.
The 11th annual ARA State Legislative Summit also took place, as ARA members convened to focus in-depth on legislative activity impacting the industry at the state level. Each year recyclers gather at the Legislative Summit to identify and prioritize legislative issues, share strategies and experience, and enhance ARA’s grassroots advocacy – and this year was no different.
With a program led by Chair of ARA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Norman Wright of Stadium Auto Parts in Denver, Colorado, the day started off with a roundtable discussion that included updates from over 20 states. Topics discussed included state association lobby days, stormwater fees and programs, environmental regulations, unsafe used tire legislation, detitling bills, taxation, OEM repair procedures, electronic reporting, and the continuing problem of illegal dismantlers. The successes of the state of California’s task force investigating illegal dismantling in the state was reviewed as a great example for other states.
During this same time, a delegation of Canadian recyclers visited the Canadian embassy along with ARA staff to discuss a variety of issues impacting recyclers on both sides of the border.