Utah Legislature Passes Bill, Awaits Governor’s Action

A Utah bill to amend provisions related to advanced driver assistance features and enact provisions related to auto glass repair recently passed in the Senate and the House. The bill, also known as S78 also seeks to amend provisions related to the repair and recalibration of advanced driver assistance features and has been referred to the state’s Governor for review.

S78 replaces the word “system” with “feature”, when referring to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The bill also establishes that a violation of a provision related to an advanced driver assistance feature will be considered an infraction.

Upon passage, S78 would require:

1. An automotive glass company or repair facility to provide a consumer seeking motor vehicle glass repair or replacement;
a. An electronic or hardcopy written and itemized description of the work to be done on the vehicle; and
b. If an insurer is paying all or part of the repair, the total amount the insurer has agreed to pay for the work described;
2. An insurance company that pays for work may not be required to pay more than a fair and competitive price for the local market area.
3. An automotive glass company or repair facility;
a. May not represent to a customer that the cost of a repair or replacement will be paid for entirely by the customer’s insurer and at no cost to the customer unless the cost of the repair or replacement is fully covered and approved by the insurer;
b. Is not limited to vehicle glass, tooling, or equipment dictated or recommended by the manufacturer’s procedures or specifications; and
c. May only bill or charge for vehicle glass repair, replacement, or recalibration services that are performed and necessary.

According to the bill’s text, any person who were to violate a provision in the new law would be guilty of an infraction and would be subject to a civil penalty of $500.

To view the bill’s full text, click here.

Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for updates on this bill.

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