In a classic David versus Goliath legislative struggle, collision repairers in the state of Wyoming have said no to legislation historically promoted by some insurers, parts certification advocates and others.
ASA’s Bob Redding, the organization’s Washington, D.C. representative, offered a legislative update for the beginning of 2019, discussing vehicle safety inspections, data access, OEM repair procedures and aftermarket parts.
The bill was introduced Jan. 15, 2019 and in a very brief period of time, is on its way to potentially becoming state law. This legislation has been attempted in other states and numerous legislatures have rejected this policy as it dramatically changes the consumer-collision shop marketplace.
Complicating matters for a state legislative cure is inconsistency. For example, some states may opt for the Rhode Island model and apply OEM repair procedures only to when OEM parts are used, other states could move to require OEM procedures in all cases of collision repair.
ASA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers feel the time has come to require insurers, through legislation, to allow repairers to follow OEM guidelines and to compensate them for following the OEM process.
The federal government shutdown is just part of the dilemma faced by the automotive industry. Prior to the end of the 115th Congress, the Senate failed to consider the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s AV START Act, autonomous vehicle legislation.
State Farm was granted preliminary approval of a $250 million settlement in lieu of going to trial in a federal class action suit accusing the company of rigging the Illinois justice system to overturn the $1 billion-plus verdict in the Avery et al. vs. State Farm aftermarket parts case of 1999.
The 2018 state legislative season saw several states consider mandating the use of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures. This issue has been discussed ad nauseum in the collision repair community.
The Auto Care Association applauds Congress for passing H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” The bill reauthorizes the “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act” and allocates $1.2 billion in state grants to fund vocational training at most schooling levels.
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