The state of Florida has introduced assignment of benefit (AOB) legislation for the second time after it was defeated in the Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee last year on a split 4-4 vote. The proposed legislation, also known as S312 would prohibit motor vehicle repair shops or their employees from offering anything of value to a customer in exchange for making an insurance claim for motor vehicle glass replacement or repair.
S312 was first introduced in September 2019 and was revised following several comments from the public, who found issue with the original version. Proponents say the bill would help decrease alleged auto glass repair and replacement fraud. The amended version also included possible changes regarding calibration.
“Pursuant to the repair or replacement of motor vehicle glass for vehicles equipped with safety-related systems requiring calibration, [it is unlawful not to] provide written notice to the consumer that repair or replacement will require recalibration of safety-related systems. … and, if recalibration is not performed or not completed successfully, written notice to the consumer that the vehicle should be taken to be recalibrated by a professional capable of performing a recalibration that meets or exceeds the manufacturer’s procedures or specifications,” a portion of the amended bill reads.
This year’s Florida legislative session ends on March 13, 2020.
To view the latest version of S312, click here.