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Louisiana Legislature Passes Shop Choice Bill

State Representative Terry Landry (D-96) introduced House Bill 411, which changes current restrictions on insurance companies directing consumers to specific motor vehicle repair shops. Current law prohibits an insurer from requiring an insured to use a particular place or shop as a condition when making a payment incident to a claim, while the proposed law allows the insurer to provide options for consumers when selecting a motor vehicle repair shop. Insurers must inform consumers that they are not required to use the recommended repair facility. The legislation was introduced on March 29, 2019 and passed the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate. The bill has been signed by the Governor and will go into effect on August 1, 2019. The Louisiana Legislature ended their regular legislative session on June 6, 2019.

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OEM Repair Procedures Bill Introduced in New York

On May 31, 2019, Assembly Bill 8050 was introduced in the New York General Assembly, which requires compliance with collision repair guidelines and service bulletins issued by vehicle or original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and forbids insurance companies from requiring repair shops to deviate from those guidelines without the written consent of the vehicle owner. Additionally, if an OEM repair procedure requires scans or a diagnostic test of the vehicle, it will be considered as part of the repair procedure.

ASA supports OEM repair procedure legislation and AB 8050. Following OEM repair procedure guidelines not only ensures that the vehicle is being repaired efficiently but ensures the best opportunity for safety for the motoring public. The bill has been assigned to the Assembly’s Insurance Committee.

To read more about the bill, click here.

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Missouri Anti-Vehicle Safety Inspection Language Added to Additional Legislation

Missouri State Representative J. Eggleston introduced House Bill 451, that would have repealed the requirement that motor vehicles be inspected before being licensed. This bill would have eliminated a program that is specifically designed to protect the motoring public. This legislation passed the Missouri House of Representatives but failed to make it to the Missouri Senate floor for a final vote.

Regular safety inspections by a qualified technician can identify and repair most safety issues that can arise from normal wear and tear on a vehicle. Without a vehicle safety inspection program in place these normal wear and tear issues will go unnoticed and put the motoring public at risk.

While House Bill 451 died in the Senate, two additional bills saw language added that dilute the vehicle safety inspection. Senate Bill 89 and Senate Bill 147 have been sent to Missouri Governor Michael Parson for signature.

The Automotive Service Association urges Missouri repairers and vehicle owners to contact Governor Parson’s office. To oppose these bills and for them not to be signed into law.

Call Governor Parson’s office at (573) 751-3222 or email his office here.

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