The event was one of the largest and well-attended CAA meetings in Northern California. Mathew Gibson, an official from the Bureau of Automotive Repair, was on hand to answer questions and discuss the new laws.
A few of the issues addressed were:
• The elimination of storage rate caps
• California Highway Patrol (CHP) rates being applied to body shops
• What the BAR considers to be a reasonable storage rate
• Which services a body shop can charge for, such as tear-down, writing estimates, scanning and oil clean-up
BAR Chief Patrick Dorais and Bill Thomas of BAR Enforcement Operations were also on hand for the meeting.
The meeting took place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and was hosted by the East Bay Chapter of the CAA at Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill.