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An Arizona bill that could adapt the state's insurance code to include language about auto glass inspections passed the state Senate's majority and minority caucuses March 1, and now will proceed to the committee of the whole, and, after that, a third reading before the full state Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John McComish, contains several provisions related to the industry, including one that would prohibit insurers and third-party administrators (TPAs) from causing "a delay in the inspection of a policyholder's auto glass condition in the handling of a policyholder's claim regardless of which repair facility the policyholder chooses."

Though the original bill contained a provision that would have prohibited insurers and TPAS from having a financial interest in auto glass replacement companies, that provision was removed by the Banking and Insurance Committee, which voted to pass the amended bill in February.

A California state senator has introduced a bill to reduce the penalties auto repairers face if they don’t check the tire pressures on every vehicle they service.

Meanwhile, a Nevada state senator has introduced his own bill to force tire dealers and auto repairers to check vehicle tire pressures, arguing for the measure as a safety and energy-saving tool.

The California Air Resources Board issued its tire pressure rule Sept. 1, 2010, two days after the California Office of Administrative Law approved it. The OAL had rejected two previous versions of the regulation for not meeting the state’s standards for clarity and necessity.

Promulgated expressly for greenhouse gas reduction, the CARB regulation requires an estimated 40,000 auto service providers in California to check and if necessary adjust the pressure on the tires of every vehicle they service or repair up to 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight, except for motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) declared a notice of public workshop and CEQA scoping meeting about the proposed amended Rule 1147 – NOx reductions from miscellaneous sources at their January meeting.

The AQMD has also scheduled a public workshop regarding Proposed Amended Rule 1147 – NOx Reductions from Miscellaneous Sources.  PAR 1147 is scheduled for a Public Hearing before the AQMD Governing Board on May 6, 2011.

Rule 1147 – NOx Reductions from Miscellaneous Sources is designed to reduce NOx emissions from a wide variety of combustion sources including, but not limited to, ovens, dryers, furnaces, kilns and most importantly to auto body shops, the gas heaters. Non-resettable gas meters on paint spray booths deadline has been extended to December 2011, for installation.

Rule 1147 was adopted by the AQMD Governing Board on December 5, 2008 and established nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission limits for new and existing combustion equipment that are not regulated by other AQMD NOx rules.

The CAA San Diego Chapter kicked-off the New Year with their 1st 2011 Chapter Meeting on January 25th at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in San Diego.

The guest speaker at the event was Greg Horn, Vice President, Industry Relations, Mitchell International.

The meeting was well attended with over 80 CAA members and guests.

The Sacramento City Council has adopted a city ordinance approving a “crash tax” on out of town automobile drivers.

The City Council voted 5-4 on Tuesday night to join a growing list of cities across the state that charge out-of-towners hundreds of dollars when they’re in an automobile crash that requires a Fire Department response, according to reports made by Insurance Journal and the Sacramento Bee.

The “fire recovery charge” will impose a fee on out-of-town drivers who get into auto accidents in order to fund the fire department’s response services.

The fee would be imposed on non-resident drivers if insurers find them at fault in the accident. But business owners who live outside the city but have property inside the city would be exempt from the tax.

Nicolosi Distributing Inc. (NDI), a paint jobber in the San Francisco bay area, filed a lawsuit against BMW of North America earlier this year alleging intentional interference with a contract with a BMW-certified shop.