ARA Praises Transportation Secretary

The CEO of the Automotive Recycling Association, Michael E. Wilson, recently lauded Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for his diligent work on implementation of the rules and regulations stemming from the multi-year highway bill, the FAST act.

“Secretary Foxx’s early support was a critical component for having language included in legislation assisting the automotive recycling industry to address automakers defective recalls,” said Wilson. The FAST Act was signed into law by President Obama in December.

Wilson met briefly with Sec. Foxx after a recent Senate Committee on Commerce and Science and Transportation hearing.

“I thanked the Secretary for his supportive statement in response to a House hearing in early 2015 which stated that automakers should provide parts numbers related to recalls in an ‘efficient and easy-to-use format’, and provide them directly to recyclers,” Wilson said.

As more regulations stemming from the FAST Act are developed, language must require that automakers provide specific VINs (Vehicle Identification Numbers) for part numbers to achieve an effective and practical way to address the defective Takata air bags and other recalls in the professional automotive recycling industry, Wilson said.

“It is only through comprehensive access to both original equipment parts numbers, tied to specific VINS or other OE parts information that automobile manufactures and professional automotive recyclers can come together…to help improved recall remedy rates and seek to effectively address the federal recall remedy requirements for used equipment enacted 15 years ago in the TREAD act,” Wilson recently stated in his testimony before the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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