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House Panel Spars Over Self-Driving Car Rules
Safety Advocates Urge Congress to Go Slow on Driverless Cars
Florida Dealership Protection Law Takes Effect
Oklahoma Auto Dealers Challenge Removal of Tax Exemption
Why The Decline In U.S. Auto Sales May Be Less Painful Than It Seems For Automakers
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House Panel Spars Over Self-Driving Car Rules

Republicans and Democrats in Congress sparred on Tuesday over U.S. states setting rules for testing and deployment of self-driving cars and a proposal to allow automakers and technology companies to bypass existing regulations in introducing autonomous cars. Democrats on a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee said that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must play a more aggressive role in mandating self-driving car safety. A Republican draft package of 14 bills would allow NHTSA to exempt up to 100,000 vehicles per year from federal motor vehicle safety rules, which currently prevent the sale of self-driving vehicles without human controls. It would also bar states from setting self-driving rules and prevent NHTSA from preapproving self-driving car technologies.
Source: Reuters

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Safety Advocates Urge Congress to Go Slow on Driverless Cars

Basic rules of the road are needed before lawmakers allow companies from Apple Inc. to Ford Motor Co. to dramatically expand testing of self-driving cars, safety and consumer advocates told lawmakers. Automakers should be required to certify the safety of driverless vehicles before they can be tested on roads, and Congress should allow fewer vehicles to be tested on the roads than proposed under Republican-drafted legislation being considered by a House Energy and Commerce panel, according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Source: Bloomberg

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Florida Dealership Protection Law Takes Effect

A new dealership protection law in Florida prohibits manufacturers from telling dealers to renovate facilities more than once every 10 years. It also prevents automakers from enforcing certain sales standards for their franchised dealerships in the state.
Source: Automotive News

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Oklahoma Auto Dealers Challenge Removal of Tax Exemption

A lawsuit alleges the removal of a sales tax exemption on vehicle sales in Oklahoma is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Friday by the Oklahoma Automobile Dealers Association, an auto dealership and an individual names the state and the state Tax Commission. It alleges the removal of a 1.25 percent sales tax exemption on auto sales didn't receive the state constitutionally required 75 percent vote in both houses of the Legislature on revenue raising bills.
Source: The Associated Press

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Why The Decline In U.S. Auto Sales May Be Less Painful Than It Seems For Automakers

The current slowdown in U.S. auto sales may be less severe for the auto industry than it seems, because most of the decline is in generally less-profitable fleet sales, according to a joint analysis from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The forecasting and consulting firms said they expect U.S. auto sales of just under 1.5 million in June 2017, down 2.3 percent from a year ago. That corresponds to a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of 16.5 million, down from a SAAR of 16.8 million a year ago. The SAAR is an estimate for the full year of sales, based on the selling rate in a single month.
Source: Forbes

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"We saw it as a pro-dealer piece of legislation. So we looked at the language and we endorsed it."

    -- Ted Smith, president of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, commenting on a new dealership protection law in Florida that prohibits manufacturers from telling dealers to renovate facilities more than once every 10 years, Automotive News, June 27

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