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Tuesday, 06 April 2021 19:01

CAA Supports AB 471 for Accountability, Accessibility, Transparency

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California Assembly Member Evan Low authored AB 471 to address consumer protection and transparency within the automotive repair industry. California Assembly Member Evan Low authored AB 471 to address consumer protection and transparency within the automotive repair industry.

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...combine the current brake and lamp program and rename it the vehicle safety inspection program, provide BAR the authority to develop additional inspection criteria standards for safety systems through regulations and allow for electronic transmittal of the brake and lamp certificates to DMV.

Among other things, AB 471 will enable BAR to establish a fair appeal process for citation and fines by establishing an independent review panel that includes a consumer, BAR representative and representative from the auto repair industry.

 

In addition, it will provide for an automotive repair shop that receives a citation to attend educational training, certified by BAR, which will remove the citation from BAR's website, similar to traffic school. The bill will allow BAR to certify these remedial training providers.
   
It will also allow administrative law judges to be pre-assigned to hear BAR cases.

 

“This will allow for expediate hearings for auto repair shops rather than having to wait for years to resolve,” Molodanof said.

 

It will allow BAR to hire in-house attorneys to handle preparation of accusations to revoke auto repair shop licenses, rather than the attorney general.

 

“This will streamline the current process and resolve cases quicker while maintaining the auto body shop’s right to due process,” he said.

 

AB 471 also clarifies a person required to have a valid BAR license shall not have the benefit of any lien for labor or materials, including the ability to charge storage fees or right to sue, unless the person possesses a valid BAR license.

 

Along with CAA, these associations support AB 471 and applaud Low for his leadership in authoring this important legislation: Automotive Service Councils of California, California Automotive Wholesalers’ Association, Auto Care Association, Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality, Automotive Service Association, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association.

 

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