The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) board of directors, its National Windshield Repair Division (NWRD) executive committee, and many committees of the organization held meetings during Auto Glass Week 2021 in Orlando, FL in June.
A prime issue discussed at the committee level was the addition of language to incorporate the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) into the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) and a checklist for technicians and their companies to use when replacing windshields with ADAS.
The AGRSS Standards Committee then met and, after a long and impassioned discussion and debate, determined that ADAS work in connection with replacements should be known as “calibration”, rather than “recalibration”. The Committee also reviewed the other committee-recommended changes to the AGRSS Standard and voted to release a final version once all committee members are polled regarding those changes, including those to accommodate ADAS, in a final ballot.
The other AGSC ANSI Committee, the ROLAGS 2 Standards Committee, tasked with developing new and updated repair standards, also met. The committee became fully constituted with Linda Rollinson of Superior Auto Glass of Tampa Bay, Inc. elected Chair. Operating procedures were adopted and new members were elected. The Committee voted to adopt the current ROLAGS Standard and to begin work on ROLAGS 2 immediately. Members are welcome to join both ANSI standards committees, AGRSS and ROLAGS 2.
In addition, the AGSC Education Committee, Marketing Committee and Government Relations Committee held meetings during the week. The Education Committee reviewed additional test questions for the master technician tests and, as a result, reached consensus on a full complement of questions for both the general and master exams. The committee also discussed the potential development of a Customer Service Representative (CSR) certification program.
The Marketing Committee discussed the development of a webinar for new Registered Member Companies of AGSC. It also discussed ways to assist the Government Relations Committee with its legislative advocacy efforts and encouraging AGSC members to become more involved in civic activities in their communities.
The Government Relations Committee reported about the enactment of auto glass safety legislation in Maryland and the process underway by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to implement regulations that “meet or exceed” the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS Standard in response to and as required by the new state law. The Committee discussed strategies to advocate for passage of similar legislation in other states.