On March 20, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted “Washington Watch with Robert L. Redding Jr.” as part of its Webinar Wednesdays series.
Redding, ASA’s Washington, D.C., representative, was joined by Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS); Roy Littlefield IV, director of government affairs for the Tire Industry Association (TIA); and Tom Tucker, director of state government affairs for the Auto Care Association (ACA). Tony Molla, ASA vice president of industry relations, welcomed attendees to the update on the 2019 state legislative sessions and promised they would learn about legislation impacting shop owners, the legislative agenda for 2019 and what’s of interest to the automotive industry.
Redding’s first topic was OEM repair procedures. He explained that ASA and industry partners, including SCRS, kicked off legislation related to OEM repair procedures in August of 2018. He noted that multiple states are building support for this issue for 2020 and stressed that interest in the issue was somewhat stimulated by the 2017 Seebachan/John Eagle Collision case in Texas. However, interest had risen long before then,
The OEM repair procedures draft states: “Any insurer licensed to issue policies of automobile insurance providing bodily injury, property damage liability, comprehensive or collision coverages shall not condition payment to any person conducting a collision repair upon the utilization of any repair procedure or specification if that repair procedure or specification is in conflict with the repair procedures and specifications for that vehicle as recommended by the original equipment manufacturer of such vehicle. If a repair procedure or specification from an original equipment manufacturer includes a directive to conduct a scan of vehicle electronic systems before or after the commencement of repairs, such directive shall be considered as a required part of the repair procedure.”
Redding explained, “The draft language is meant to be a template for various states since this issue should be handled at the state, not federal, level. The bill language is intentionally very narrow and focuses on OEM repair procedures only, with no discussion of parts or the mandated use of OE parts in the statement.”