A bill being considered by the Florida State Senate—Florida HB 7005—outlines “unlawful acts and practices” for automotive glass companies, including “intimidating, coercing or threatening a consumer into selecting a particular motor vehicle glass repair facility,” failing to make the vehicle available for inspector prior to repair by insurer and more. Originally the bill only potentially impacted auto body shops, but Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring amended it on April 29 to add automotive glass companies to the language.
Specifically, the proposed “unlawful acts and practices” for automotive glass companies are: (a) Intimidating, coercing, or threatening a consumer into selecting a particular motor vehicle glass repair facility.
(b) Waiving or offering to waive an applicable insurance deductible.
(c) Offering a rebate, gift, gift card, cash, coupon, or anything of value in exchange for a consumer making an insurance claim for motor vehicle glass replacement or repair.
(d) Performing a motor vehicle glass replacement or repair or other services for which the facility will seek reimbursement from an insurer, without first obtaining insurer approval.
(e) Failing to make the subject motor vehicle available for inspection before performing motor vehicle glass repair and replacement services to the applicable insurer if the insurer requests such inspection.
The bill is now referred to several committees, including Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; and Appropriations.
The history of the bill can be viewed by clicking here and entering 7005 in the bill search engine at the top of the page. At press time, there were some reports that State Senator Ring is going to pull the amendment.
Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com™ for more on this bill as it becomes available.