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Monday May 9

AASP/NJ Urges Turnout at Public Hearing on May 10

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), the state’s largest association of collision and mechanical repairers, is gearing up for a showdown at the state capital this week as the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission is holding a public hearing on their controversial safety inspection program.

AASP/NJ President Bob Everett is looking to gather the troops for the May 10th meeting. "We are very concerned about the persistent rumors of the demise of the safety inspection program," he said. "Despite denials from the MVC, we believe this is an option that is being seriously considered for many reasons, most of them having to do with money."

Everett says AASP/NJ feels if the inspection program goes, so will many independent repair shops. "If this happens, we can look forward to a at least a 20 percent hit to our businesses. I don’t think any business can afford that these days. It’s time to come together and let the state know how we feel."

Everett has been most upset by the lack of cooperation coming from the MVC. "AASP/NJ is the largest association of its kind in New Jersey," he says. "You would think that the MVC would like to work with us and figure a way that benefits everyone, especially the consumer. So far, we have been refused details of the plan and have been told to comment at the public hearing. We will be there. I am encouraging every automotive repair shop in the state to join us and make our voices heard."

The hearing will be held Tuesday, May 10, at 2 pm. For more information, contact Bob Everett at 732-269-9893.

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