by Seth Maiman
AGSC Director of Public Affairs
A review of the recent legislative activity in several states:
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is presently working on drafting regulations to implement the recently passed state law that requires the MVA to promulgate a standard that “meets or exceeds” the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS). The agency is expected to complete its work and issue the regulations this year.
The 2021 Legislative Session ended without moving the auto glass Assignment of Benefits (AOB) legislation out of Senate Committee. The bill had sought to prohibit glass shops from offering anything of value in exchange for making an insurance claim for vehicle glass replacement or repair.
Legislation has been introduced that would alter the relationship between auto repair shops and insurance companies. One bill, H 6234, would clarify that it is an unfair practice by insurance companies to refuse to compensate an auto body shop for documented charges that can be identified by use of current version industry software programs. The second bill, H 6235, defines a motor vehicle used part as a “motor vehicle replacement part that is a used original equipment manufacturer part” and creates standards to follow for physically damaged vehicles with used parts.
Service contract legislation is pending in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and has failed in Wyoming. These bills usually propose to define any contract that promises to repair or replace auto glass as a result of chips or cracks in the windshield as an automobile service contract under state insurance law. The result is such agreements could be regulated on issues such as financial responsibility, disclosure, automatic renewal protections, penalties and enforcement depending on the laws of the individual state.
For more information on AGSC’s legislative efforts, please contact Seth Maiman, AGSC Director of Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.