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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 10:37

CAA Reports on BAR Advisory Group Committee Meeting

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The BAR Advisory Group (BAG) was established to increase the level of communication between BAR, the automotive repair and smog check industry, and stakeholders.

As a member of the BAG, the CAA has provided a summary of the July 21 meeting. Most regulations mentioned are currently under consideration by the BAR and may become law.

 

Legislative Bill and BAR Regulations Update
 
The legislative bill update included summary of AB 646-Expunged Convictions, AB 1733-Open Meetings, AB 2350-Zero Emissions Aftermarket Conversion Project, AB 2496-Vehicle Exhaust Systems and the following catalytic converter bills: AB 1740, AB 2407, AB 2682, SB 986 and SB 1087. 
 
Discussion and concerns surrounded AB 2682, which requires auto shops that install or replace catalytic converters to ensure they are permanently marked with a VIN and requires smog stations to visually inspect and notify customers whether or not converters are engraved with a VIN. Questions regarded the letter/number font size, placement, etc. of the VIN on the catalytic converter, as well as details of the visual inspection. Regulations may need to be implemented to clarify and properly enforce, if the bill passes and signed by governor. 
 
Regulations adopted in 2022 included Smog Check Repair Assistance, License and Regulation Training and STAR Program Update.

 

Pending regulations include Smog Check Equipment-Bio Metrics, Smog Check Inspection Equipment-DAD Specification Update, Citation & Remedial Training Requirements for ARDs, ARD Registration Application Requirements and Vehicle Safety Inspection Program.

 

See the presentation here.  
 
Storage Fee Referrals

 

In response to concerns raised by the insurance industry about unreasonable storage rates charged by shops, BAR created a dedicated email to respond to vehicle storage and fee issues.

 

BAR reviews and determines the appropriateness of storage fees and makes recommendations. BAR also educates ARD on laws pertaining to storage fees. More than 30 processed referrals to date and 16 cases have resulted in storage fees being reduced or eliminated. About 15 cases resulted from adjuster/insurer delays in picking up a total loss vehicle.

 

Discussion and concerns were raised about insurer delays in inspecting vehicles---insurers have six business days to inspect vehicle damage after being notified of claim---which increases storage rates, and failure of...


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