The Virginia Automotive Association (VAA) is encouraging Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to classify  tire dealerships and auto repair facilities as essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement provided to MTD, VAA Executive Director Steve Akridge said, “Considering the situation, which is changing daily, the VAA and their lobbyist have both reached out to the governor and (Virginia’s) secretary of transportation to request auto repair shops, tire stores and service stations be considered essential if the governor deems it necessary to close all non-essential businesses.

“We are hopeful it will not come to this in Virginia, but wanted to be pro-active in case it does” he added.

The VAA also has been active in fighting a proposal that would do away with the state’s vehicle inspection program.

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