On June 19, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its General Meeting at Greg and Bill’s Autobody, a long-time supporter of the association, in Medford, NY.
The meeting’s agenda included an update on photo estimating, a report on the results of the NYSACT’s Annual Lobby Day, a presentation on OEM certifications, information about LIABRA’s new credit card processing program and the Annual LIABRA 250 Club Raffle Drawing.
At 8 p.m., LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger called the meeting to order and commenced with a review of the NYSACT’s Annual Lobby Day.
He explained, “The 2018 Lobby Day focused on our aftermarket parts bill and our parts procurement bill as well as informing the legislators of the problems and issues with photo estimates. The lobbying team advised the legislators that photo estimates violated the provisions of Regulation 64, and as a result of our lobbying efforts, a meeting was set up with the New York State Financial Services Bureau. Also, a letter was written to the department by Assemblyman Magnarelli, who questioned the legality of this issue, noted that the practice seems to violate state regulations and put consumers at risk, and requested information on what the department is doing to curb this practice and protect consumers.”
Kizenberger next addressed stricter OSHA requirements concerning respirator fit, noting that “if OSHA inspects your facility, they will be checking your employees to see if their respirators fit correctly” and advised members to educate themselves on this topic.
Kizenberger also warned members, “Our industry is being inundated with a technical tsunami. The cars we repair are becoming a technical nightmare, and virtually all manufacturers are requiring pre-and post-scans. Check the requirements of any car you are working on at https://www.oem1stop.com/.”
Next, Alex Usera and Anthony Bellina from Enterprise Rent-A-Car reviewed the benefits of the company’s ARMS program. In a presentation from LIABRA’s new credit card processing company, Chad Horal of Metropolitan Business Payment Solutions (MBPS) explained the benefits of using his service. One member referred to the service as “light years ahead of our prior company.”