Both the House and the Senate introduced new forms of legislation last week in Florida. The aim is to prevent shops from offering incentives to customers in exchange for making insurance claims for windshield replacements or repairs.
House bill, H169 was introduced on September 16, while Senate bill, S312, was introduced the following day.
The new legislation, if passed, would add the following to the current law:
“Unlawful acts and practices shall be a violation of this act for any motor vehicle repair shop or employee thereof to offer to 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 windshield glass replacement or repair, including an offer made through a nonemployee who is compensated for the solicitation of such insurance claim.”
This means, if both of the new houses of the legislature pass the legislation, Florida AGRR shops may no longer encourage their customers with items, such as gift cards.
To view H169’s full text, click here.
To view S312’s full text, click here.
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Look to glassBYTEs for more information on these two forms of legislation in a future report.