November 2014

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NOVEMBER 2014


THE NASTF FALL 2014 GENERAL MEETING

Attend in-person at AAPEX, watch live on the NASTF homepage, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 1pm PT/4pm ET, or watch the recorded event later on the NASTF YouTube channel. Click link here to VIEW AGENDA.

The website audience can participate in the NASTF General Meeting discussions by submitting email questions and comments to ask@nastf.orgbeginning November 2 and running through the live webcast on November 5.

NOVEMBER VOTING BEGINS FOR 2015 NASTF OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

An email was sent October 30 to eligible voting members of NASTF, asking them to confirm or reject the slate of five director and three officer nominations made by the 2015 Nominating Committee. No alternate slate was submitted by the membership. Election voting closes November 28, and the 2015 NASTF Board of Directors and Officers will be announced in December. To learn more about eligibility and the voting process, read Article V and VI in the NASTF Bylaws.

 

 

  OEM NEWS

 

GM - Nine training videos are available free on ACDelco's TechConnect website, which help with setup, troubleshooting and use of GM diagnostic software, hardware and service programming.

KIA MOTORS AMERICA initiated a pay per use to their website KiaTechInfo.com effective October 17, 2014.  None of the existing free subscription account logins will carry over to the new paid-subscription service, so every user must create a new account on the new tech site. Subscription rates offered; 72 hours ($19.00), 1 month ($150.00), and 1 Year ($1,500.00).  J2534 programming files are included in each subscription rate.  Additionally, vehicle security (locksmiths) codes continue to be priced at $14.00 per VIN.
 


COMMITTEE NEWS

 

Communications Committee - The minutes of the September 10, 2014 meeting are available to view on the Communications Committee webpage at www.nastf.org/Committees/Communications. If you would like to join the Communications Committee, email skippotter@nastf.org.

The next conference call for the Communications Committee is set for Wednesday, December 10, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.

Service Information Committee - The minutes of the October 8 conference call are available to view from the NASTF SIC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/SIC. If you would like to join the Service Information Committee, email skippotter@nastf.org.

Techs having trouble completing jobs because of access to OEM service information and tools continue to post their questions on NASTF's Service Information Request (SIR) on-line response system. To log or file a NASTF SIR, visit www.nastf.org/FileSIR. Review recent SIRs by visiting www.nastf.org/SIRarchive.

The next conference call for the SIC is set for Wednesday, December 17, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.

Education Committee - The committee met by conference call on October 15 and the summary is available to view from the committee's webpage. Visit the NASTF Education Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Education. Anyone wanting to join the Education Committee should send their request to skippotter@nastf.org.

The next conference call for the Education Committee is tentatively set for Wednesday, January 7, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.

Collision Repair Committee - The CRC October meeting was cancelled. View information about CRC on the NASTF Collision Repair Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Collision. Anyone wanting to join the CRC should send their request to skippotter@nastf.org.

The next conference call for the CRC is tentatively set for Wednesday, January 21, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.

Vehicle Security Committee - If you would like to join the VSC, email skippotter@nastf.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF VSC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/VSC. The next conference call for the VSC is set for Wednesday, November 12, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
 
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Equipment & Tool Committee - Visit the NASTF ETC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/ETC. Anyone wanting to join the ETC should send their request to skippotter@nastf.org.

The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, November 19, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.


ON MY MIND
An Editorial by Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director

 

Tesla Motors has not yet agreed to participate in the NASTF Service Information Request (SIR) process, but that has not prevented us from reaching out to them on multiple occasions. The same is true for heavy duty (HD) vehicle manufacturers. Furthermore, neither of these vehicle makers participates in the NASTF SDRM vehicle security professional solution either. However, NASTF continues to reach out to Tesla, specifically, and the HD industry, in general, because we believe that these two important NASTF programs can be of significant value to their OEM brand.

The EPA has already verified to NASTF that Tesla has no compliance requirement under OBD rules because their vehicles are all zero-emission and exempt. Access to emission-related (only) service information for HD vehicles was required for model year 2007 with access to programming capabilities added January 1, 2013. Since emissions are the domain of HD engine manufacturers, and the HD vehicle industry often distinguishes clearly between vehicle assemblers and engine manufacturers, it is the engine-maker, not the HD vehicle brand that provides the website access to service information defined by the EPA.

On the issue of access to vehicle security, the California vehicle code, section 9954, specifically excludes HD vehicles, but it appears would apply to Tesla. However, Section 4d(1) of that code may exempt Tesla if they can remotely provide the customer the ability to enter, start and operate their own car. The Massachusetts law (Chapter 93J Section 2) applies to both Tesla and HD vehicles and extends the requirements for access to service information and vehicle security beyond the limits of emission systems. While Tesla won a court challenge in Massachusetts to allow them to sell their cars directly to the public (without establishing franchise dealerships), they may now be studying how to comply or beat the requirement to provide service information to Massachusetts technicians and key code programming capabilities to Massachusetts locksmiths. Heavy duty manufacturers appear to be building their systems to comply in that state.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), negotiated voluntarily by automaker and aftermarket associations, contains both service information and vehicle security but does not include HD vehicles. Tesla who is not a member of either of the automaker trade associations is not a party to the MOU either. While the HD vehicle makers are working on service information and security access models in Massachusetts, their trade associations are already engaged in consideration of their own national HD MOU. NASTF is not directly involved in those discussions, but we have made clear that both the SIR and SDRM products are available for their participation.

While legal requirements may bring OEM resources out from behind a locked door to the aftermarket, it is ultimately a common, shared self-interest on the part of both the OEM and the independent service operation that will improve the service experience for the customer. Alan Nagel, the technician who files a NASTF Service Information Request (SIR) #606, was disappointed he could not find information to service a long-time customer, adding, "Tesla isn’t warrantied for life. Are Tesla owners going to have no choice but to deal with Tesla when their warranty expires?" When both parties recognize the NASTF effort is about a happy vehicle owner and both invest themselves in seeking a solution, that is when the drudging need for compliance turns to the productive incentive for cooperation.

 

NASTF IS ON THE ROAD

 

NASTF@AAPEX/SEMA, Las Vegas, NV - Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014, 1-4pm PT (Fall General Meeting)

NASTF@MACS, Orlando, FL - February 6, 2015 (Exhibiting)

NASTF@AASP-NJ Northeast, Secaucus, NJ (New York City Metro) - Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1-4pm ET (Spring General Mtg)

NASTF@AutoMechanika Chicago - April 25 & 26 (2 NASTF presentation sessions)

 

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