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Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:04

ASA’s 'Washington Watch' Webinar Features Industry Association Leaders

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He noted, “In 2019, it’s important for the proposed language to be rather narrow and focused. When we see it coupled with other industry issues, such as claims practices, rates or parts, it opens the door for opposition that may not enter into the conversation if we were just focused on procedures. Disregarding documented procedures opens the industry to unnecessary liabilities, so it’s much more beneficial to propose narrow, focused legislation.”

 

Schulenburg agreed that this has been the most pressing issue he has seen among SCRS members for quite some time now.

 

“If you look at how frequently this conversation comes up, there’s no doubt that it’s one of the top issues our members face today,” he said. “Shops are challenged by the desire to perform a proper repair, and it impacts them on a daily basis, increasingly as the pace of technology advances. The largest challenge is that even regulatory bodies responsible for the insurance industry don’t have firm language guiding their responsibilities; there’s a general lack of understanding from regulators on what role procedures play in safety and proper repairs. Consumers deserve support from the industry and from their elected officials to ensure they receive a safe repair, and that requires us to put some language around these requirements so claims are settled in accordance with those specifications as well.”

 

Redding then provided a brief history lesson on state vehicle safety inspections. He explained that federal law in the 1970s mandated states have some type of safety program to participate in federal programs. However, after Congress revoked that mandate, what started as more than 30 state vehicle safety programs was eventually reduced to just 15 state programs. Currently, the only states with vehicle safety inspection programs in place are Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.

 

Redding stated, “We are proud of these remaining programs and want to defend them. They are regularly attacked in state legislatures, and concerns have already been raised this year due to bills introduced to eliminate or significantly alter these programs.”


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