On behalf of the California Autobody Association (“CAA”), we are writing to request that you veto AB 519 (Solorio). The CAA is a non-profit statewide association comprised of over 1,000 individual and independent repair businesses within the collision repair industry.
AB 519 (Solorio) is intended to regulate unscrupulous towing operators. The CAA has no issue with regulating the towing industry. However, the language in the bill is written in such a way that the burdensome towing notice and invoice regulations will also apply to auto body shops that charge for sublet towing.
AB 519 creates unnecessary and burdensome paperwork requirements on auto body shops that do not perform towing, such as:
* Requiring shops to have and provide customers with copies of Towing Fees and Access Notice to consumers;
* Restricting business hours to Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
* Requiring auto body shops to maintain and provide a carrier identification number if they charge for sublet towing;
* Providing details of towing service dispatch time, the service arrival time of the tow truck, and the service completion time;
* Requiring shops to explain any additional services that caused the total towing-related service time to exceed one hour between dispatch time and service completion;
* Providing details of towing gate fees, the date and time the vehicle was either accessed for the purpose of returning personal property or was released after normal business hours;
* Failing to comply with any of these new requirements subjects the auto body shop to new civil and criminal penalties.
Auto body shops are regulated by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and already required to provide itemization of sublet repairs and towing. More importantly, the invoice requirements of the bill are inconsistent with current BAR laws and regulations, which will create numerous problems for auto repair shops as well as BAR enforcement personnel.
Finally, requiring auto body repair shops to provide additional paperwork for sublet towing is unnecessarily burdensome and would increase expenses that could be passed on, with no additional benefit to the consumer. We request that you veto AB 519.
For the following reasons
Thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,