Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine
On July 7, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 288 into law, increasing the penalties for drivers failing to comply with PA’s Steer Clear law. The new law will go into effect on Sept. 7, 2017.
In June, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) vetoed Legislative Document 1540, which sought to require insurers in ME to communicate a specific auto body shop choice disclosure. The House voted 102-41 to override the veto, but the Senate failed to acquire the two-thirds margin required to override the Governor’s veto with a vote of 20-14.
When Jim Pfau talks to his customers at Alan’s Collision Center, he often asks if they are familiar with their vehicle insurance policy. The general manager of the Philadelphia, PA body shop said that since the average person does not have a clear understanding of their policy, he takes the time to explain the issues associated with the repair process, such as labor rates and parts usage.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a controversial bill that exempts auto glass claims from anti-steering legislation. The bill was introduced in January 2017 by Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli. The legislation amends the state’s insurance law to require disclosing that consumers have the right to choose to have their vehicle serviced in a particular shop, except in insurance claims solely involving auto glass.
Pennsylvania State Police are actively searching for a man and woman who were involved in an armed robbery on Saturday morning.
A Cochranton area woman will serve probation and perform community service after pleading no contest to attempting to commit theft by deception over an auto insurance claim.
An applicant for Class II license was none too pleased with the Norwood Board of Selectmen after he was denied the license.
Duncan Autobody with two locations in Allentown and Quakertown, Pennsylvania and Scott’s Collision Centers, with two locations in Easton and Stroudsburg, announced they have merged effective June 1, 2017 to form the Legacy Autobody Group.
A bill introduced in Massachusetts (S 109) would prohibit insurers from dictating the use of any part that “compromises the operational safety or structural integrity of the vehicle,” and would prohibit insurers from mandating the use of non-OEM parts “on any vehicle still under manufacturer warranty or lease agreement.”
Bill Denya of Denya’s Auto Body
The auto body industry reached out to FOX61 in Hartford, CT with concerns over a new technology many car insurance companies are encouraging customers to use.
Employees attend training on a consistent basis to stay up-to-date with changes in the industry
At Marshall’s Auto Body in Billerica, Massachusetts, Jayce Mitchell said the primary focus of the body shop is to always get a customer’s car and life back in order ASAP.
The citations against police officer Daniel Dieter accuse him of causing public alarm and "acting in a loud and tyrannical manner." (Photo: Jim Deegan | For lehighvalleylive.com)
A police officer who works for three Lehigh Valley, PA departments was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after he caused a disturbance at a Slate Belt auto body shop this week, police said.
PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing ABRA Auto Body & Glass LP, citing alleged breach of contract.
PHILADELPHIA — Two individuals are suing the Municipality of Norristown and Norristown Municipal Council, alleging violation of civil rights and violation of federal law for refusing to repair a public drainage system under their business.