|New BAR Chief, John Wallauch releases statement regarding the new SMOG Check Program.|
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BAR releases Notice of Workshops: License Restructure Implementation and New Equipment and Inspection Procedures.
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|Business Fined $50,000 for Air Quality Violations|
|The California Air Resources Board has penalized Mike's Foreign Auto Parts $50,000 for selling illegal catalytic converters for use on passenger vehicles.|
An ARB investigation revealed that between January 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011, the company sold 100 catalytic converters not permitted for sale or use in California.
Aftermarket catalytic converters for on-and-off-road vehicles must be approved by ARB to be advertised, sold, offered for sale or installed in California.
The settlement will be paid in monthly installments to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports projects and research to improve the state's air quality.
|IRS Promotes Small Business Health Care Credit|
|The IRS has reminded small business employers of a tax credit that could help them afford health insurance coverage for their employees. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is specifically targeted to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations with 25 or fewer employees offer health insurance coverage. Qualifying companies must have employees that earn an average wage of less than $50,000 a year and pay at least half of the employee health insurance premiums.|
For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit for eligible small business employers is 35 percent of premiums paid and for eligible tax-exempt employers, the maximum credit is 25 percent of premiums paid. Beginning in 2014, the maximum credit will go up to 50 percent of qualifying premiums paid by eligible small business employers and 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations.
To learn more about the tax credits and to find out if your business qualifies, contact Brad Davis, Armstrong & Associates (800) 545.6791 or email@example.com.
|Distracted Driving Means Dangerous Driving|
We have all experienced that terrifying -"oh-no-they're-going-to-hit-me" - moment, when we see another driver swerving dangerously in front of or alongside our own vehicle. Often times when we look over at the other driver and see them chatting away, we think to ourselves "oh, of course, they're on the phone!" We are a world of multi-taskers and while many of us also engage in the same distracted driving behavior, we often don't consider ourselves as a risk to others in a similar situation. The reality is, once our attention is diverted from driving, even for a split second, the likelihood of causing a car crash increases tremendously.
According to studies done by Virginia Tech and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number one source of driver inattention is the use of a wireless device. While it's no surprise that these advanced technological devices are widespread, the potential outcome of people using these devices while driving is cause for concern. Driving while using a cell phone, whether hand-held or wireless, reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent (Carnegie Mellon), and delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of 0.08 percent (University of Utah). This decreased reaction time means that you are four times more likely to get into a car crash (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and cause injury to yourself or someone else.
In California in 2011, the Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there were 460,487 hand-held cell phone convictions - up 22 percent from 361,260 convictions in 2010 and 52 percent from 301,833 in 2009. The cost of a ticket for a first offense is a minimum of $159, and $279 for subsequent offenses. While those costs may seem high, it's really nothing when you consider that the offender could have easily hurt or killed someone through their inability to pay full attention to the road ahead.
Although wireless devices are the leading sources of distracted driving, anything that takes your focus away from driving can be incredibly dangerous and may just as easily lead to a wreck. Grooming, putting on makeup, eating or drinking, and adjusting music players are just a few common behaviors that cause drivers to be inattentive and more susceptible to crashes. While many of us find these habits to be routine and convenient while driving from one place to the next, when we stop and consider that the outcome may be injury or death, we need to realize that they are never worth the risk or even the potential cost of a traffic violation.
In an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety recently launched its annual campaign in April, as a part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The campaign's goal is to stress the importance of staying focused while driving and minimizing all distractions. Drivers should be aware that crashes happen in the blink of an eye and any time spent focusing on something other than the road could lead to a crash or a traffic violation.
Make it a point to set aside your distractions, and encourage those you know to do the same.
ASCCA Launches New Membership Drive
At February's ASCCA Team Weekend, the Board of Directors approved our new membership drive campaign for 2012, One Member Can. This campaign is designed as a tool to help us reach our goal of doubling our membership, and to remind each of you that EVERY member truly CAN make a difference in the growth of our Association.
The attached flyers were designed by the membership committee as marketing material to be used to introduce and provide information to Chapter Leadership about the One Member Can program.
The One Member Can informative, 2-page flyer is designed to be printed double-sided on 8 ½" x 11" sheets of paper, while the one page poster is designed to be a tabletop piece, printed on glossy 8" x 10" stock paper - to be place next to the 2-page flyers. There is also a 16" x 20" poster available. If you would like to display a poster of that size, please contact us directly and the template will be forwarded separately.
Please take a moment to read through the marketing material thoroughly. The more you know about our One Member Can campaign - the better you'll be at using it to engage and enlist new members! The material also contains instructions on how to report your new member sign-ups, and how you can win a new iPad.
If you need any additional information or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Heather Vigil at (800) 810-4272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Events
April 18, 2012
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ASCCA Summer Educational Conference
June 22-24, 2012
Hilton Irvine, Orange County Airport
Room Rate: $99
Hotel Reservation: Call 800.445.8667 and ask for ASCCA room rate.
Reservation deadline: June 5, 2012
Convention Information & Preliminary Schedule
2012 Exhibitor Brochure
September 29-30, 2012
Embassy Suites, Sacramento
Room Rate: $149
Reservation deadline: September 7
December 8-9, 2012
Embassy Suites, Sacramento
Hotel Reservation: COMING SOON
Room Rate: $149
Reservation deadline: November 16