A new bill has been introduced in Florida, and if it passes there could be changes ahead for auto repair shops in the state. The new bill was introduced in the House and is also referred to as HB 323. It focuses on repair shops and its employees not offering anything of value to their customers in exchange for making claims for auto glass repairs.
The language in HB 323 would also add onto the current law related to motor vehicle insurance acts and practices. The additional text should clarify procedures related to how auto glass shops and employees handle making auto glass claims for its customers.
“ … It shall be a violation if [vehicle shops or its employees] offer a customer a rebate, gift, gift card, cash, coupon, or any other thing of value in exchange for making an insurance claim for motor vehicle glass replacement or repair, including an offer made through a nonemployee who is compensated for the solicitation of insurance claims,” a section of the added text reads.
According to the bill, those who engage in such acts would be deemed unlawful and constitutes fraud.
If passed, the addition would go into effect July, 1, 2019.
Currently the bill is being reviewed, to view the bill’s full text, click here.