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New California Laws Will Affect Auto Repairers in 2022


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Every year, hundreds of new laws are enacted that impact California automotive repair dealers. Below is a brief summary of some of the key measures, in no particular order, that take effect Jan. 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

Minimum Wage Increase: Reminder that effective Jan. 1, 2022, the minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees will increase to $15 per hour. The minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees will increase to $14. Please note local minimum wage ordinances may be higher.


Lead Acid Battery Fee Increase: Beginning April 2022, the current $1 California battery fee imposed on a person who purchases a replacement lead-acid battery from a retail dealer, including auto repair dealers, will increase to $2.


BAR Auto Shop Locator Program Enhancement: Automotive repair dealers will now be able to provide BAR with educational certification credentials nationally recognized and industry-accepted (e.g. ASE, I-CAR, OEM certification) or approved by BAR. These certificates will be posted on the BAR website and will be part of the Auto Shop Locator program to help consumers easily identify those shops that have training and certification credentials.


Independent Panel to Review BAR Citation/Fine Appeals: This new law will require BAR to create an independent three-member panel consisting of a representative from the BAR, the public and the automotive repair industry to hear all appeals from any citation and fines issued by the BAR.


Remedial Training Process for BAR Citations: This new law will require BAR to establish a process for an auto repair shop, upon successful completion of remedial training, to prevent disclosure of the citation and fine on the internet and require BAR to establish a program to certify providers of training.


Lien Authority for Storage Fees: This new law clarifies that BAR has authority to oversee and regulate disputes involving automotive repair dealers and consumers regarding charging of reasonable storage rates.


Vehicle Safety Inspection Program: This new law will combine the current brake and lamp program and create a new Vehicle Safety Inspection program for rebuilt salvage vehicles.


Hazardous Waste: This law establishes a new regulatory board within the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC), increases charges that support hazardous waste management, restructures and...

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