A proposed bill in Idaho has been held in a state Senate committee following concerted efforts by the Auto Care Association and its members.
SB 1233 would amend a section of Idaho state code to add headlamps, fenders, hoods, tail lamps and bumper components to the definition of aftermarket crash parts; add language to written disclosure statements telling consumers that non-OEM crash parts may affect safety and performance of a vehicle, and recommend consumers consult with a qualified industry expert or repair shop before making any decisions regarding the use of non-OEM crash parts.
The Auto Care Association testified before the Idaho State Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee, contesting SB 1233. Tod Moore, representing the association, spoke about the bill's potential adverse effects on Idaho's aftermarket sector, which is a significant contributor to the state's economy.
"In Idaho specifically, our industry provides over 12,492 jobs, generates $1.6 billion in economic activity, and provides $679 million in wages," Moore said. "SB 1233 would have immediate, detrimental effects on this otherwise vibrant aftermarket ecosystem, not to mention the negative effect it will have on consumers."
Despite its recent introduction and quick progression through the Senate, the efforts by the Auto Care Association and its members, including letters of opposition to the committee, led to the bill being held in committee. This decision effectively stalled its advancement. Similar legislation in Washington state is also being held in committee.
The Auto Care Association remains vigilant in its advocacy efforts, striving to protect the interests of the auto care industry at various governmental levels. For more information, visit autocare.org/government-relations.