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Body shops and consumers in Texas have reason to celebrate! Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law on June 20 Texas House Bill 1131, the Insurer-Owned Repair Facility Legislation. Earlier, the Texas Senate passed the legislation by a unanimous vote of 31 to 0. 

Late breaking news

The State Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) announced on July 2 that it has filed accusations against five more Caliber Collision Center locations, including El Cajon (N. Johnson Avenue), Riverside (Indiana Avenue), Costa Mesa, Chino and Murietta. 

The California Autobody Association (CAA), which had been "patiently waiting this year," according to Executive Director David McClune, to see if Texas would be successful in passing legislation prohibiting insurers from owning collision repair shops, now says it may be ready to try again. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:20

Put off driver licensure to save lives

Most US states allow driving at age 16, 16½, or somewhere in between. A new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report focuses on the costs in terms of lives of allowing licensure sooner rather than later. The message is that licensing at later ages would substantially reduce crashes involving teen drivers. The same conclusion has been reached in other countries. Teens in Great Britain and most Australian states can't get their licenses until they turn 17, for example. In most EU countries it's 18. The Institute's new report is being released at the annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association.

News and Analysis

Aftermarket parts manufacturers and CAPA are likely vexed by the newly-released Crash Parts Certification Study, published in July by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). The report blasts the parts certification process, concluding that "certification has no value to the customer . . . if there are problems with the certified product the certifying entity does not stand behind their own certification process." 

California's anti-steering legislation, SB 551, took a major step forward on July 9 when an amended version passed the Assembly Insurance Committee by unanimous vote and then moved to the assembly floor. Bill sponsor Sen. Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco) plans to move forward after she and supporters of the bill - the California Autobody Association (CAA) and the State Department of Insurance - can work out clarifying language. The bill passed the State Senate in early June.