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...

...insurers to pay for required repairs, which also causes delays. Comments included allowing shops to also use dedicated email to contact BAR regarding storage issues, instead of only insurers. 


BAR will continue to mediate and educate stakeholders regarding the storage laws and fees.


See the presentation here.  
Enforcement/Licensing Modernization Update 


BAR is in the process of consolidating all DCA regulatory entities into a single licensing and enforcement system. The intent is to modernize business process online.


See the presentation here.
BAR-OIS Smog Check Security Update 


BAR is concerned about security risks for computers running on the BAR-OIS. BAR is recommending all BAR-OIS users move to Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. BAR-OIS will be certified for use on Windows 11 at a date to be announced.


See the presentation here.
STAR Smog Check Program Changes


Changes include deleting outdated Gold Shield provisions, modifying existing equipment and eligibility standards, and establishing a STAR certification suspension rather than invalidation process.


See the presentation here.  
2022 Smog Check Performance Report


BAR reported vehicles certified by “high performing” smog check stations failed at lower rates at roadside inspections compared to vehicles certified by stations with lower FPR scores. BAR and CARB believe smog could be reduced if all stations operated as effectively as high performing stations.


See the presentation here.
Enforcement Statistics


Consumer complaint trends as of 2021-22 YTD are as follows: engine repair, 34%; general repair and maintenance, 18%; auto body, 15%; transmission, 8%; smog, 6%; used car transactions, 5%; vehicle warranty, 5%; unlicensed activity, 2%; towing and storage, 1%.


See the presentation here.
Licensing Statistics


The BAR currently has...

...34,093 registered automotive repair dealers in California.


See the presentation here.  
The next BAR Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Vehicle Safety Inspection Program Regulation Workshop
The BAR held a regulatory workshop regarding the proposed vehicle safety inspection program. The new program, based on the passage of AB 471, is designed to protect consumers when purchasing revived total loss salvage vehicles. 
Many unsuspecting consumers are purchasing rebuilt total loss vehicles that may not have been repaired properly and are unsafe. The new safety inspection combines the brake and lamp program and adds additional safety criteria before total loss salvage vehicles are approved to obtain revived salvage title certificates. 


The salvage vehicle safety inspection consists of the following nine sections: information on technical access and vehicle identification, lighting system, passenger compartment, tires and wheels, braking system, steering and suspension system, body structure inspection, road test and equipment requirements. The vehicle safety technician will also possess ASE certification and pass a license examination.
Comments and concerns included how the program would specifically work and the impact to current brake and lamp licensees. Suggestions included the need for additional inspection requirements such as pre-accident photos showing damage, wheel alignments, measuring, bond or liability insurance requirements for vehicle inspection shops and additional certification requirements for inspectors.


BAR will review all comments and suggestions and make changes accordingly.
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Source: CAA


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