Dealers needed to join NIADA in pushing for industry at Policy Conference

Independent auto dealers are needed to join NIADA in Washington, D.C., in engaging lawmakers on legislation impacting the industry during the 2023 Policy Conference.

Registration is open through Aug. 11 for the NIADA 2023 Policy Conference Sept. 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

The two-day event brings dealers together with members of Congress and regulators to discuss real legislative and regulatory issues facing the independent automobile industry. Dealers participation will play a critical role discussing the unique problems and challenges facing the industry with legislators and describing the impact of policies on their business.

Among issues the NIADA will be discussing with lawmakers are the Federal Trade Commission’s Vehicle Shopping Rule, Right to Repair and legislation to prevent catalytic converter thefts.

The NIADA is asking Congress to stop the Vehicle Shopping Rule, which would add costs, more paperwork and extend the sales process. The FTC published the rule in July 2022 and the NIADA supported industry comments in opposition of the rule. On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee reported out the Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which included language that stops the FTC from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing the Vehicle Shopping Rule.

NIADA continues to support the proposed “Preventing Auto Recycling Theft Act” in the House of Representatives and Senate, which would assist law enforcement in their efforts to combat catalytic converter theft by marking catalytic converters and creating a more transparent market that deters its theft.

In February, the NIADA acknowledged support for Congressman Neal Dunn (R-FL-2), reintroducing the REPAIR Act.

The legislation would ensure consumers have access to data relating to their motor vehicles, critical repair information, tools, and provide them choices for the maintenance, service and repair of their motor vehicles.

The conference will include meetings with federal agencies and regulatory dignitaries Sept. 19. The PAC Cup dinner will end the day, where the region which contributes the most to the PAC Fund between the NIADA Convention and the Policy Conference will be honored. In the past eight years, the competition between the four regions has raised more than $800,000.

The PAC Fund helps NIADA support candidates for office who share NIADA’s philosophy.
On Sept. 20, there will be Capitol Hill meetings around lunch at the Library of Congress. A Capitol Hill debrief and farewell reception will conclude the conference.

“During this year’s conference we will be going back to the Hill, putting our dealer members and industry partners face-to-face with legislators and their staff has always been the most effective way to get our message across,” said NIADA President Gordon Tormohlen.

Registration is $100 per member dealer. Register today here.

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