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Staff Changes at AASP-PA

Staff Changes at AASP-PA

  Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release For more information, please contact: Amanda Henry 717-564-8400    [email protected]September 29, 2016 - The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Pennsylvania (AASP-PA) recently announced organizational changes that will take effect on October 1, 2016: Jeff Walter, current Executive Director, will be stepping down and returning to his family business in the private sector. Amanda Henry, current Assistant Executive Director and Advertising & Marketing Director will be promoted to Executive Director. Ken Seal, current Field Director for the Central and Eastern portion of the state, and will assume the role of Assistant Executive Director. Jeff Walter has held a leadership role within the association for many years, beginning with a volunteer position.  In 2013, he joined the staff as Executive Direc ... read more

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Proof Safety Inspection Works

Proof Safety Inspection Works

Pennsylvania is considered to have one of the most intensive safety inspection programs in the country. However, due to the common misperception that the program has little or no value to society or consumers, some legislators in the state feel the safety inspection process is no longer necessary. Added to the perception are some government reports indicating that the vast majority of vehicles successfully pass inspection requirements. In fact, legislators are claiming there is only a 2% failure rate. It is important though to note that during the inspection process, vehicles may initially fail, receive the necessary repairs, and then pass. But where are legislators getting this information that only 2% of vehicles fail safety inspection? We’re not really sure. However, we do know that, in 2007 PennDOT hired Cambridge Systematics to perform a study on the safety inspection program. Through the four years of data they surveyed, they estimated 1-2 fewer fatalities per bi ... read more

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Fee Adjustment for Certificates of Inspection

Fee Adjustment for Certificates of Inspection

FEE ADJUSTMENT FOR CERTIFICATES OF INSPECTION Act 89, which became law on November 25, 2013, amends many sections of Title 75, including biennial adjustments to numerous fees based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Act 89 represents an investment in Pennsylvania's future, increasing public safety, and driving commerce, creating jobs, and providing reliable funding for our transportation needs without leaving the bill to our future generations. Effective July 1, 2015, and every two years thereafter, based on the CPI, the fee for the annual safety inspection stickers will be adjusted. Effective July 1, 2015 the fee adjustment for the annual safety inspection stickers is from $5.00 to $6.00 and the fee for the semi-annual stickers will be adjusted from $3.00 to $4.00. Official Inspection Stations may charge $2.00 plus the purchase price of the sticker in effect at the time of replacement for windshield replacement stickers. There is no charge for Emissi ... read more

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Pennsylvania Transportation Bill

All members, We have had some requests for copies of the PA Transportation Bill that was signed by the governor. I’ve removed a lot of the pages which don’t pertain to us and highlighted some of the language that may affect your businesses. You can review the bill, by clicking here. You’ll notice there is no clear indication on the fee increases to registration and driver’s licenses for the general public so we are including a link to an article written for Pennlive.com which explains how those fees will increase. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/11/by_the_numbers_transportation.html#incart_river_ Needless to say it is a news article and other than crosschecking it with other news articles across the state I can’t confirm ho ... read more

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ATTENTION: ALL OFFICIAL INSPECTION STATIONS - SAFETY INSPECTION BULLETIN

PennDOT released a bulletin that serves to advise you that there are many updates and changes throughout chapter 175 of the Vehicle Equipment and Inspection Regulations. A Chapter 175 Regulation Comparison Chart is available to download from our website below. You should review it in its entirety as you will be responsible for complying with all regulation changes; they take effect October 26, 2013 Chapter 175 Comparison Chart The Chapter 175 Comparison Chart has the text from the existing manual and the updated changes side by side in an easy-to-follow format with each sub-chapter clearly defined. The new, updated publication 45, Vehicle Equipment and Inspection Regulations, will be available before the end of 2013; the changes detailed in the chart will be in effect and enforced prior to the new publication’s release

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Analysis of Technician Supply in the Collision Industry 2013

The availability of qualified repair technicians in the collision repair industry is an ongoing concern for shop owners and operators in recent years and appears that it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. There are a variety of factors that have contributed to the shortage of qualified technical employees in the industry. They include: An Aging Workforce Increased Competition for Employees Shifting Market Share to Larger Shops Turnover (both inter-industry, and extra-industry) Shrinking Workforce in an Industry with Increasing Demand 1) An Aging Workforce – In 2013 the average collision repair technician is 39 years old according to I-CAR’s Education Foundation. According to the same study, 48% of the technical workforce falls between the ages of 36 and 55. In a job with the physical demands of collision repair the 83,136 technicians in the US that are between the ages of 36 and 55 will start leaving th ... read more

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Technician’s Operating Procedure in Four Easy Steps

If you don’t already have one, one of the best things you can do for your business is to create a Technician’s Operating Procedure. By having such a procedure in place, every technician in your shop will approach, execute and close out every job, every time, in the same format. STEP ONE: One of the first things to do when a customer comes in with a complaint is to perform a test drive. Whenever possible, the technician should ride along while the customer drives. Often, the customer is more likely to reproduce the complaint than the technician can. Make sure during the test drive that the radio is off, as well as any other accessories and the blower fan; this will help in hearing any noises that may be part of the customer’s complaint. However, even before the test drive, the technician should examine the vehicle for existing damage and/or items that are missing. Anything that is not the norm should be reported to the service writer before the t ... read more

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Go to College or Don’t Go to College? (The Skills Gap)

A question we as parents and our children struggle with at some time in our life, or do we? I would challenge you that we don’t! We hear every day President Obama and other leaders in our country repeat over and over we need our kids to get a college education. Despite the fact that not every student is college material we think because of what we’re being indoctrinated with that’s the path our kids need to take. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy into the message! What have we gotten so far for this national message of everyone needs to go to college? A Trillion dollars in student debt. Graduates that need a 6 figure salary or a job that will pay off their student debt as part of the salary package and won’t take a entry level job to work their way up because it’s beneath them. 3 million skilled trade jobs that are unfilled. These are pretty ugly figures, but all our national leaders want to do is throw money at the trillion dollar debt ... read more

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Directing Traffic

While directing traffic is best left to trained public agency personnel, at times towers find themselves in a situation where these trained personnel are not available. This is why towers commonly carry cones and flares with them. CONES: Traffic cones are best used during short-term traffic directions, specifically when traffic is already blocked, moving slowly or when there is a potential for fire hazard. Cones should be a minimum of 18” tall with reflective strips. However, more effective are the 28” cones with reflective strips, as they will be more visible from farther away. When placing cones, it is best to start by placing the first cone the furthest away from the incident you need to block and then work your way back to incident; stopping every 20’ to 25’ to place another cone. (In slower traffic conditions, the cones can be placed closer together.) FLARES: For towers to protect themselves at larger incidents or when traffic i ... read more

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Important - October 1, 2013 Required Disclosure - Notice of Exchanges

In 2014, the Health Care Reform law creates a new type of online marketplace for purchasing health insurance coverage. It is referred to as a Health Insurance Marketplace, or an Exchange. As an employer, you are required to notify your employees about the availability of coverage through the Marketplace. AASP-PA is providing the notice (links below) to help you communicate this information to your employees and meet your obligations under the new law. To remain compliant, please review the appropriate link for you and following the instructions. Also, if you are interested in having AASP-PA Benefits act as your advocate and partner in offering health insurance to your employees, or if you are already a member of the AASP-PA Benefits and have any questions, please contact them at (888) 374-4342. Notice of Exchanges Cover Letter for Members o ... read more

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