Several state legislatures are currently reviewing legislative proposals regarding Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and calibration that are very similar to a law that Utah enacted over 2021 and 2022.
The bills require auto glass service companies to perform calibrations that meet or exceed manufacturer’s specifications; provide written estimates, insurance costs, and information regarding calibrations to customers in conjunction with an auto glass replacement or repair; limit insurance company payments to not more than a “fair and competitive price for the local market area,” and impose a $500 civil fine on glass companies for infractions. Each state’s bill has some variations, but are based on Utah Section 41-6a-1645.
In Arizona, SB 1410 has passed the Senate Commerce Committee and is on the consent calendar for Senate floor consideration. At a Commerce Committee hearing on February 9, Safelite testified in support of the bill and said that they were working with insurance companies and other glass companies on possible amendments. No other person or group testified at the hearing.
On the same day, the Maryland Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on SB 428, authored by Senator Chris West who was one of the sponsors of auto glass safety legislation enacted in that state last year. Safelite testified in support there also. The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) filed written testimony in opposition. The bill remains under committee consideration.
Illinois legislation, HB 5409, was scheduled to be heard in the House Consumer Protection Committee earlier this week but was removed from the committee calendar at the last minute. The AGSC filed opposition there also.
Interestingly, another Illinois bill addressing calibration issues, HB 4719, was also pulled from the calendar of a different committee on the same day. AGSC had filed in support of that bill along with Midwest Auto Body of Lisle while the American Property Casualty Insurance Association and National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies had filed opposition. The purpose of HB 4719 is to “regulate the use of original equipment manufacturer repair specifications of aftermarket crash parts and automobile glass.” They would prohibit insurers from requiring repair specifications or calibration that do not meet or exceed OEM specifications except when the OEM specifications “unreasonably restrict access to a repair facility.”
GlassBYTEs.com will continue to track these and other legislative developments affecting the auto glass services industry.