Washington, D.C. – The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), on behalf of its divisions the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), and the Association for Sustainable Manufacturing (MERA), joined partner automotive associations in penning a letter to the leaders of the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, and the National League of Cities. The correspondence voiced the essential role motor vehicle supply and repair facilities provide to maintain critical operations and the flow of commerce during this time of curtailed and suspended commerce. Partnering associations included the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, American Trucking Associations, Auto Care Association, Automotive Oil Change Association, and Tire Industry Association.
“In addition to gas stations, it is imperative that motor vehicle supply, motor vehicle repair and related facilities be encouraged to support the safe and efficient operation of transportation services,” the letter states. “Community members providing critical care and services should be assured they won’t be impeded by a flat tire or vehicle problems that could be quickly addressed by motor vehicle care professionals. Our industry stands ready to help ensure aid can reach the places it is most needed.”
Signers of the letter include Bill Long, President and CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association; Annie Forstall Luke, President and CEO, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, Chris Spear, President and CEO, American Trucking Associations, Bill Hanvey, President and CEO, Autocare Association; Kristy Baab, Executive Director, Automotive Oil Change Association, Roy Littlefield, CEO, Tire Industry Association.
“The automotive industry provides an essential foundation to everyday life in America and that is even more true during this pandemic,” said Long. “Essential personnel including health care workers, police forces, fire departments, and utilities, all need reliable transportation to get to their jobs and or provide their specialized services. We must ensure their transportation can be maintained and repaired efficiently so they can do their jobs and get home safely each day.”