ARLINGTON, VA — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) held its regular winter meeting on March 8 in conjunction with the SAE World Congress in Detroit. The task force meets twice yearly to maintain a forum for discussion and resolution of service-related issues. Approximately 55 people attended the meeting.
At the meeting, a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided an update on EPA activities related to its service information regulations declared in 2003. The EPA has nearly completed its review of OEM service Web site pricing and plans to begin an independent audit of the OEM service Web sites soon.
NASTF’s four standing committees for service information, tools, training and communications, each provided a report at the meeting. Among the committee reports, the service information committee reported that complaints regarding service information issues are continuing to be addressed by OEMs in a timely fashion, in most cases.
The tool committee reported excellent progress in obtaining OEM tool information for tool companies and has begun the compilation of an OEM programming matrix.
Also during committee meetings, Jerry “G” Truglia of Automotive Technician Training Services, agreed to co-chair the training committee. He replaces Wayne Juchno of SAE International, who has served as training committee chairman and co-chairman since 2000. Truglia is a former president of the Service Technicians Society.
The next NASTF meeting will be held Nov. 3 in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the Automotive Aftermarket Products Exposition (AAPEX) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS).
NASTF was established in the fall of 2000 for the purpose of identifying and correcting gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and communications.
To learn more about NASTF or to read the minutes of the March 8 meeting, go to: www.nastf.org.
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