Wednesday, 09 June 2021 18:18

California Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly to Support Vehicle Safety Inspection Legislation


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On June 1, the California State Assembly voted 77-1 in support of AB 471, introduced in February by Assemblymember Evan Low, D-Silicon Valley, and moved the CAWA-sponsored legislation over to the state senate for review and consideration.

In summary, AB 471:


  • Protects consumers and enhances current Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) programs. AB 471 focuses on the protection of consumers and enhancing current BAR programs by easily verifying and identifying auto repair shops that have proper training and certification credentials.
  • Improves BAR citation and fine program. The bill improves the current citation and fine regulatory program by creating an independent citation conference panel to review citations, allows BAR to certify providers that train auto repair dealers, and provides opportunity for repair shops to attend training for minor paperwork citation violations, similar to traffic school.
  • Protects consumers who purchase revived salvage vehicles. Combines and renames the current brake and lamp program to the vehicle safety inspection program and provides BAR the authority to develop additional inspection criteria through regulation.


AB 471 is also co-authored by Assemblyman Heath Flora, R-Ripon. The legislation moved out of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee without opposition and amidst strong support from both Republicans and Democrats, prior to successfully moving off the assembly floor.


The legislation will be heard by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee regarding policy issues before moving to the Senate Appropriations Committee for fiscal review. 


After a full vote by the Senate, the bill would...

...move to the governor’s desk for consideration. The legislature adjourns Sept. 10, and the governor will have until Oct. 10 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.


In addition to CAWA, AB471 is also sponsored by Auto Care Association, Automotive Service Councils of California, Automotive Oil Change Association, California Automotive Business Coalition, California Autobody Association, Automotive Service Association, The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, California Tire Dealers Association and the Independent Automotive Professionals Association.


Source: CAWA


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