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Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:49

CAA East Bay Chapter Hosts 120 People for BAR Presentation

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CAA East Bay Chapter President Tiffany Silva, left, and CAA Lobbyist Jack Molodanof, right, were happy to finally meet in person after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic. CAA East Bay Chapter President Tiffany Silva, left, and CAA Lobbyist Jack Molodanof, right, were happy to finally meet in person after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

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...signed into California law in early October. He outlined every aspect of AB 471, considered to be very pro-body shop.

 

In short, the bill clarifies ARD (Automotive Repair Dealer) lien authority for storage fees and requires recognition of educational certification on the ARD application. It creates a three-member panel for informal review of ARD citations, creates a remedial training process and establishes a vehicle safety inspection and certification program.

 

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From left, semi-retired former instructor at Contra Costa College Peter Lock, current auto tech department Dean Laura Salas and CAA Executive Director Rick Johnson were on hand at the East Bay CAA’s meeting on Oct. 16.

 

Another subject every collision repairer in California is likely very interested in is BAR’s proposed ARD citation program. Gibson said its goal is to fill the gap between the organization’s efforts and formal disciplinary action.

 

Its stated purpose is to address violations of a concerning nature that occur frequently, but by themselves do not rise to a level warranting disciplinary action, and provide consumers with information concerning violations BAR identifies so they can make a more informed decision when choosing a repair facility.

 

Gibson then outlined the proposed citable violations, including negligence, inaccurate invoices, records requirements, accepted trade standards and equipment requirements. He also outlined auto body specific accepted trade standards, which include vehicle identification information, auto body and frame repair, automotive windshields and inflatable restraint systems; airbags.

What happens when an auto body shop is cited for any violation? Gibson explained BAR’s ARD citation fine amounts and appeal process.

 

A shop can contest a citation within 30 days of issuance. All citations shall include an order of abatement, and fines cannot exceed $5,000. Fine amounts are based on eight factors in dealing primarily with aggravation and mitigation, and any citation that lists multiple violations shall not exceed $5,000.

 

Gibson noted AB 471 is a brand new law and BAR is currently developing the system that will enable it to effectively enforce it. This will include...


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