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Monday, 05 February 2007 13:01

BAR restarts program to investigate repairs

In an effort to protect consumers and monitor the work of the body shop, BAR has enlisted an auto body inspection program to examine collision repairs in California.  Car owners who have been in an accident and had their cars repaired are eligible for a free inspection administered by BAR field representatives. The vehicle is examined for repairs performed properly and in accordance with what is listed on the consumer’s invoice.

Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc. announced in early December that the company and other respondents intend to contest portions of a preliminary ruling issued December 4, 2006, by an administrative law judge of the United States International Trade Commission in a complaint initiated by Ford Global Technologies, LLC against the company, another distributor and certain manufacturers.

In a move that some insurers believe could prove detrimental to Louisiana consumers and insurers, the Louisiana legislature narrowly passed a bill that would require all vehicles determined to be "total" losses as a result of recent flooding to be crushed. 

Steve Poizner took the Oath of Office on January 8 and became California’s new Insurance Commissioner with 52 percent of the vote. In his inauguration speech, Poizner committed to running the Department of Insurance in a “non-partisan manner, independent and citizen-focused.”

Active ImageThe Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) has appointed Richard Steffen as deputy director of legislative affairs. With 28 years of experience in state government behind him, Steffen is armed with a multi-level campaign to aid CRA in the fight for fairness among auto body professionals.  The first order of business is to strike a working dialogue with the regulator, the insurance commissioner, the BAR,  the attorney general and the insurance industry, Steffen said. He added that there are a number of fronts to adjust public policy.

Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi recommended a 15.3% decrease in the state's workers' compensation pure premium rates, his fourth consecutive decrease and an amount that brings his cumulative recommended cuts to 46.2 percent.