Maryland has enacted an auto glass safety law that requires the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MD-MVA) to adopt regulations for aftermarket auto glass installations that meet or exceed the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS).
The legislature in Maryland had passed the bill in April after a 47-0 vote in the Senate and the Governor of Maryland let it become law without action prior to the June 1 veto deadline.
The development and enactment of state legislation that would incorporate the AGRSS Standard into state law and make compliance mandatory is the top legislative priority for AGSC in 2021. AGSC began work on model state legislation in 2020 and began to work with key transportation safety advocates in states to move it forward. The Maryland bill was introduced in January at the beginning of Maryland’s 90-day legislative session. AGSC is working with other states to follow Maryland’s lead in adopting auto glass safety legislation.
The new Maryland law becomes effective on October 1, 2021. However, the MD-MVA is already examining the AGRSS Standard and beginning work on drafting its regulations to implement the new MD law. AGSC Board Members participated in a May conference call with MD-MVA officials to brief them on the details of the AGRSS Standard and upcoming potential amendments to the Standard involving Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The ADAS proposals will be discussed by the AGSC AGRSS Standards Committee during its meeting at Auto Glass Week™ 2021 in Orlando in June.