October 10, 2010 Meeting Report

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National Automotive Service Task Force Meeting
October 10, 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada
Meeting Report

On October 10, 2010, the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) held its regular semi-annual meeting in conjunction with Automotive Service Repair Week (ASRW) in Las Vegas.


Charlie Gorman, NASTF Chair, ran the meeting. He welcomed everyone to the meeting, reminded attendees of anti-trust requirements, and thanked ASA and Ron Pyle for hosting the meeting. He went on to comment that this is another turning point for NASTF, as the organization is looking at expanding into new areas such as Canada, Australia and Europe, as well as exploring bringing in the Heavy Duty truck industry. He stated that there will also be a change in officers forthcoming, as current officers are completing their fourth terms.


Director’s Comments

Mary Hutchinson, NASTF Director, went over some housekeeping information. She then discussed the different NASTF committees and encouraged all to sign up for and participate actively in one or more of the committees.

Committee Briefs

Service Information Committee: Steve Douglas, Co-Chair of the Service Information Committee, reported that one goal of the committee is to get manufacturers together with people who are working on cars. Manufacturer representatives participate on the Service Information committee conference calls, and it is an opportunity for independent repairers to ask questions. He also mentioned that all manufacturers are working in the same spirit regarding providing information.

Equipment and Tools Committee: Donny Seyfer, Co-Chair of the Equipment and Tools Committee, introduced Greg Potter, the other committee co-chair, who had been appointed recently. He then stated that the committee will be starting a new project to put together a scan tool matrix for the end user. A working group of people from the ASA Mechanical Operations committee will begin the project, and the group will be requesting assistance from the manufacturers.

Communications Committee: John Cabaniss, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, reported that getting the word out about NASTF is a never-ending process and there is always a need for more help. The website is the biggest tool for getting information out and the organization is always looking for ways to improve and refresh the site. The newsletter will start going out every other month starting in 2011, instead of quarterly as it has been. A brochure is available, as well as a “We Support NASTF” logo. The Board is also looking at the possibility of a banner stand to use at trade shows and other means of bringing attention to the organization.

Vehicle Security Committee: Mark Saxonberg, Co-Chair of the Vehicle Security Committee, reported significant movement from Mercedes. He stated that they are currently building out their system to do sales of theft-related parts, and will begin a pilot test in November, then expand to all LSID holders in December. He also reported that the Policy Work Group is changing the licensing requirements for LSID applicants so that auto repair businesses are no longer required to have a locksmith license; instead the requirement will be whatever the appropriate licensing is for their business. He stated that use of the SDRM system continues to grow significantly, and the NICB is finding the usage logs to be very useful. A new work group, led by Bob Stewart of GM, is being put together to try to establish standard protocol on how NICB and the manufacturers work together on investigations.

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Collision Committee: New Collision Committee Chair Matt Boyles was introduced. He reported that two committee meetings have been held thus far, with the purpose of finding out the perception of where the committee has been and where it should be going, and trying to bring everyone’s perspectives together.

Presentation of Award

The NASTF Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding service and support in the advancement of NASTF was presented to iATN in recognition of their involvement since the beginning of NASTF, their allowing NASTF to use their website, and their writing the original Service Information Request software. Nobody from iATN was present to accept the award, which will be mailed after the meeting.

Canadian Update

Rene Young of the National Automotive Trades Association (NATA) in Canada introduced the other members of the Canadian contingent in attendance at the meeting. He reported that they had successfully launched their agreement and websites on May 1; some manufacturers simply opened their U.S. sites to Canadians and some developed new sites. He stated that vehicle security information was not part of their original agreement, as the infrastructure on which we built our system in the U.S. is not available in Canada. He said that they are working toward a system that will work with their infrastructure and laws, and using our system.


Heavy Duty Truck Update

Charlie Gorman reported that NASTF is working with TMC, and that Lew Flowers is the liaison.


Panel: Maximizing the Value of the SDRM

Panelists included Claude Hensley providing the locksmith perspective, Ivan Blackman providing the law enforcement perspective, Bob Stewart providing the manufacturer perspective, and Rene Young and John Norton providing the Canadian perspective.

Open Comment/Discussion

Mr. Gorman opened the floor for open comment and discussion. There was some discussion of the heavy truck issues and how they might best be addressed by the organization.

Uwe Ross brought forth some questions regarding aftermarket scan tools vs. OEM scan tools, and presented a letter specifying his questions, along with a paper entitled “Repairability of VW/Audi cars with non-OEM Scan Tools.

Next Meeting

The next general meeting of NASTF will be held in a location TBD; notification will be placed on the NASTF website and e-mailed to NASTF participants who are in the database as soon as this information is available.