ASA Discusses Motor Oil Invoice Regulation with Top NCWM Official

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Aug. 16, 2013—The Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Washington, D.C. office recently sat down with Ron Hayes, chairman of the Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee of the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM), to discuss the new standards for how motor oil information appears on invoices.

The new standards mandate that SAE oil ratings, brand and weight must be placed on a customer’s invoice and are effective July 1 for the 20 states that automatically adopted the standard.

Last year, the NCWM required retailers to provide the oil’s manufacturer, brand name and SAE viscosity on an oil change invoice. Hayes told the ASA in the interview that the new standards are a result of some retailers not providing sufficient information based on last years requirements.

Hayes outlined the new requirements as follows:
• Oil change facilities and repair shops must disclose the engine oil brand name, SAE viscosity and API service category or categories on invoices or customer receipts.
• The retailer must have labels on all containers—including bulk storage tanks—with the same information.
• Oil suppliers must provide the information on delivery tickets to the retailer.
• Effective Jan. 1, all delivery tickets must be retained at retail facilities for one year.
• Labeling and disclosure on receipts are required for engine oil with obsolete API service categories with the appropriate cautionary language.

To view the full interview, visit the ASA’s website.

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