A bill is under review in the New Hampshire legislature that has implications for doing business in the state and we thought you would want to be aware of it.
The bill, H 664, aims to add the following text to New Hampshire’s RSA 407-D:
“Insurers shall pay a claim to the claimant or repairer based upon the repairer’s utilization of repair procedures or specifications that conform to the original equipment manufacturer’s recommended procedures, specifications, or allowable tolerances of such vehicle year, make, model, and trim level. If the repair procedure or specification from an original equipment manufacturer includes a directive to conduct a scan, calibration, or diagnostic test of a vehicle’s electronics systems before or after the commencement of repairs, such directive shall be considered as a required part of the repair procedure. The insurer shall reimburse the repairer if the repairer follows the directive.”
The bill was introduced in January and referred to the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. On March 13, the committee voted “ought to pass” with an amendment that excludes glass shops from the legislation, as follows:
“This section shall not apply to vehicle glass repair and replacement services including, but not limited to, the calibration of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), when done by an automobile glass company. The company shall notify their customer after repair whether calibration has been performed.”
On March 19, the House voted to adopt the amendment with a vote of 247-101. It was passed to the Senate and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee on April 1. It was re-referred to the committee on May 23 and again on May 30. The Senate issued a “Special Order to the end of the calendar” and “Special Order to the next session on the bill” as well on May 30.
Click here for the full text of the current version of H 664 as passed by the House.