Maryland state auto glass safety regulations implementing the state statute adopting the Automotive Glass Safety Replacement Standard (AGRSS Standard) have been approved by the State of Maryland. The state regulations were promulgated by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and became effective on March 7, 2022. The state MVA was charged with adopting state auto glass safety rules by legislation enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2021.
The action means that the voluntary industry AGRSS Standard is now state law in Maryland. The Standard requires that windshields be replaced in a safe and proper manner and that auto glass technicians complete, at a minimum, a comprehensive training program with an ongoing education component. The new Maryland Transportation Code rule, 11.13.12, can be found here.
The adoption of the state regulation culminates a years-long effort by the Auto Glass Safety Council in Maryland. Legislative proposals similar to the bill adopted in Maryland in 2021 are under consideration in Massachusetts and Virginia.
The Maryland effort began with the drafting of model legislation that in turn led to the January 2021 introduction of identical bills by House Environmental Matters Chair Kumar Barve and Senator Chris West. After substantial stakeholder input, the bills passed through their committees and eventually passed the House before culminating in the Senate unanimously approving the bill in April 2021.
The legislation tasked the MVA with promulgating rules and regulations that would “meet or exceed the standards and requirements of the American National Standards Institute/Auto Glass Safety Council/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard.” The MVA issued its proposed rule in August 2021 and its final rule in February 2022.
“We were very pleased to work with Maryland legislators and officials of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to create a state auto glass replacement standard that is similar to the AGRSS Standard. As the AGRSS standards are amended to adapt to advances in the automobile safety technology we will continue to work with Maryland officials to keep their regulations and standards up to date,” says Seth Maiman, AGSC public affairs director.