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MEMA Government Affairs 2015 Year in Review
The MEMA Government Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. works on behalf of AASA, HDMA, MERA, and OESA members on public policy issues before U.S. Congress, the Administration and its Federal regulators, and state legislatures and officials.
2015 was a busy and successful year, as our activities enhanced the visibility and influence of MEMA, secured legislative initiatives, and provided policy makers and regulators with content and thought leadership in support of our industry, members, and their companies. Below is a short recap of key activities and accomplishments during 2015. You can download the full on the right.
MEMA released its study with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which quantifies the evolution, benefits, market penetration, and life-saving potential of advanced vehicle technologies. Following a media release of the study, MEMA senior executives briefed members of the House and Senate on the findings, and shared the report with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Legislation in support of remanufactured components was signed into law by the President, following Senate and House passage of bi-partisan “stand-alone” legislation. In just eight months, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015 advanced from introduction to law. The measure encourages the federal government to use remanufactured parts in maintaining some 588,000 vehicles in the federal fleet. The legislation recognizes the quality, environmental, and cost savings of remanufactured parts.
MEMA testified before a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on vehicle safety issues and pending legislation. This was the first time MEMA testified before Congress alongside automakers and dealers on recall and safety issues. MEMA advocated for enhanced New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ratings to include advanced vehicle technologies detailed in the ADAS study by MEMA/BCG. In testifying, MEMA promoted specific solutions to Congress on how to improve vehicle safety and reduce fatalities by providing better information to consumers about advanced vehicle technologies.
Congress passed a long-term surface transportation bill, which included a number of critical provisions that MEMA advocated for, including the creation of a program where commercial trucking companies will receive credit in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program for installing advanced safety technology in their fleets, and New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) enhancements, requiring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to provide information about crash avoidance technologies on the window sticker labels of new cars. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act overwhelmingly passed by both the House and Senate, and was signed into law by the President.