Sunday, 30 April 2006 10:00

New BAR signage requirement

The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) recently amended its signage regulation, altering the required design to include the BAR website address. Automotive Repair Dealers (ARDs) must comply with the new design requirement by June 30, 2006. 

Despite this minor change, all ARDs are required to include the modification. For businesses currently registered with the BAR, this may be done either by posting an entirely new sign or by posting a small supplemental sign that includes the website address.

In the case of multiple shops, BAR currently requires the posting of a sign at each facility. The sign notifies consumers of certain rights and provides BAR contact information in circumstances where problems arise that cannot be resolved by the department manager.

Shops seeking new BAR registration must purchase the new sign. BAR estimates the new sign will cost $33; the supplement sign will cost $10. A list of vendors supplying the new signs has been posted by the BAR at www.smogcheck.ca.gov .

The regulation also requires that shops conducting business with customers off-site must provide the customer with an 8.5" x 11" paper copy of the sign. This copy must meet all normal sign requirements and include the business name, address or record, telephone number and registration number. BAR suggests printing a copy of the sign from the BAR Laws and Regulations booklet, and purchasing a rubber stamp with the shop information for easier compliance.