Dozens of collision members of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), the state’s largest association of collision and mechanical repairers, turned out for a series of auto body compliance training seminars in September. The seminars, presented by AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant, served as an update for members as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission implements their
Auto Body Shop Compliance Inspection Program.
“It’s been like an awakening for our collision members,” Bryant said after his seminar at the association’s Chapter 5 meeting in Totowa. “All we are trying to do is explain how to come into full compliance prior to the inspections. The inspections are here. It’s time for all of the collision repairer’s in the state to realize that and take advantage of the training AASP/NJ is offering.”
Bryant has been a crucial part of the process, working closely with the NJMVC to make sure all members have enough time and training to meet the new standards. “The state has had a representative at all of our compliance seminars and they have answered any questions asked,” Bryant says. “We appreciate them making the effort to help educate our industry.”
Bryant adds that the best way to be prepared is to join AASP/NJ. “We are here everyday working to help our members,” he says. “And the fact that state took the time to attend our meetings shows that our work is respected and our insight is encouraged. Shops can’t do that on their own. They have to work together and AASP/NJ provides the vehicle that allows them to not only do that, but also to succeed. At this crucial time in our industry, I can’t understand anyone not getting involved.”