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B.C. groups push for mandatory certification
February 19, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Retailers Association of British Columbia (ARA) has launched a campaign to bring mandatory trade certification to the province. The association wants all automotive technicians to have a provincially recognized certificate of qualification in order to effect vehicle repairs.

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Belron calls on Ottawa to encourage but regulate ADAS use
January 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  A new white paper from auto glass service provider Belron calls on the federal government to promote the road-safety benefits of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and put regulations in place that will govern its use and limitations. The

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USMCA to become parliamentary priority
January 22, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will move next week to formally approve North America’s new, long-delayed free trade pact. Trudeau says the government will introduce a ways and means motion Jan. 27 when Parliament resumes, and will table legislation

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U.S. Senate approves USMCA trade deal
January 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. Senate has approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher labour and automotive content rules but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

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Pennsylvania to review emissions test exemptions
January 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has decided against proceeding with new legislation that would exempt vehicles eight years and newer from the state’s emissions inspection program. Lawmakers decided instead to commission a study, reviewing the program with input from consumers

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MEMA encouraged by news of new China deal
January 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) says it is encouraged by the recent announcement that U.S. President DonaldTrump plans to sign Phase-One of a new trade deal with China next week. MEMA says it looks forward to seeing more

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Tariffs have hurt manufacturing: U.S. report
January 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. Federal Reserve has released a study that found the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration in 2018 led to higher prices and fewer manufacturing jobs. The study, written by Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce was released in December,

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Lobbying efforts top AIA list of 2019 achievements
December 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada held more than 70 one-on-one meetings with elected officials across the country in its advocacy efforts for fair and equal access to vehicle data and the upskilling and retraining of the workforce. At the end

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House passes USMCA hours after impeaching Trump
December 19, 2019 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON – A day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that

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Despite objections, FCC divides 5.9 GHz band
December 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The frequency known as “the vehicle safety spectrum” will soon be used for non-automotive applications. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Dec. 12 to share the 5.9 GHz band with other uses, such as Wi-Fi. The ruling was

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MEMA congratulates signatories to new USMCA deal
December 13, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has congratulated signatories to an updated North American trade deal. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was formally announced by Canadian trade representative Chrystia Freelanda, and her American and Mexican counterparts in Mexico City. It replaces

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Long process of updating NAFTA ends in signing ceremony
December 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Lee Berthiaume, CP OTTAWA — Canada joined the United States and Mexico in heralding a new era of North American prosperity on Tuesday as they formally agreed to changes to the new continental free trade deal. The amended pact