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.
This week Reuters reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “will drop rules that were first proposed in 2012 that would have required automakers to install brake-throttle override systems to prevent runaway vehicles.”
NHTSA determined that the rule was no longer necessary as automakers have voluntarily installed these systems in vehicles and don’t anticipate automakers removing this system.
To view the proposed rule, click here.
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) will be hosting a workshop on April 18, 2019 to discuss proposed amendments and regulations regarding auto body repair. A few of the topics included in the discussion will be revised definitions and updated equipment requirements. The California BAR encourages members of the public to attend and engage in the conversation surrounding the newly proposed amendments and regulations.
Information about the location and time can be seen below:
Thursday April 18, 2019
Department of Consumer Affairs, HQ1
Hearing Room 102
1625 North Market Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
For any questions or concerns, contact Zach Richardson by email at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the California Bureau of Automotive Repairs, click here.
To learn more about this workshop, click here.
This week the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed an amended House Bill (HB) 664, which addresses the issue of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The amendment specified that if a repair procedure from an OEM includes the need for additional operations such as pre- and post-scans, calibration, or diagnostic test of the vehicles systems, the insurer shall reimburse the repairer for those operations; however, it excludes glass repair and replacement when done by a glass company. The amendment also acknowledges paint and materials pricing used by repairers. The bill was passed by a floor vote of 202-105 and will move to the Senate for further action.
ASA submitted comments to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Consumers Affairs in support of House Bill (HB) 664, addressing the issue of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures. HB 664 would require that “insurers shall reimburse a repairer for all repairs if a repairer follows original equipment manufacturer recommended collision repair procedures, recommendations, or service bulletins, while repairing a vehicle.” This bill seeks to ensure quality and safe repairs for the motoring public.
To view the full text of the comments sent to the Committee, click here.
On January 15, 2019 Sen. Tara Nethercott (R-04) introduced SF0095, a bill that would negatively impact collision repairers and consumers relative to aftermarket crash parts. This bill has already passed the Wyoming State Senate and is now being considered by the Wyoming House of Representatives. This bill raises important issues that require more debate, coupled with the dramatic change it poses to collision-consumer shop marketplace.
ASA encourages Wyoming collision repairers to contact their state legislators and ask that they oppose Aftermarket Parts Bill SF0095.
To see the full text of the ASA Press Release, click here.