Senate Bill 2679A as amended would expand non-OEM parts prohibition to 48 months, require OEM repair procedures when repairing a vehicle with OEM part(s).
On Tuesday may 15th the Rhode Island Senate passed Bill 2679A as amended. The legislation must also be passed by the House and signed by the Governor prior to becoming law. The Automotive Service Association of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (ASAMARI) testified in support of the bill at previous Committee hearings.
After hearings by both House and Senate Committee’s the bill was amended by the Senate Judiciary Committee to address language that some felt was ambiguous and would lead to a requirement that OEM parts, and only OEM parts could be used for repairs. While the new language offers some clarity to those concerns its original intent is still intact.
“In my opinion the initial proposed legislation was intended to address three specific areas,” said ASAMARI executive director Stephen Regan. “To amend existing Rhode Island law that related to parts usage to include first party claims and not just third party, to extend to 48 months from 30 months the requirement that consumers provide written authorization for the type of parts to be used and to ensure insurers could not influence or require repairers to use repair procedures that conflict with OEM repair procedures. I believe the bill, as passed by the Senate, accomplishes those goals,” Regan concluded.
ASAMARI commends the work of their fellow Rhode Island association, the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI) for taking the lead on this legislation and generating substantial support among Rhode Island Senators and House members. Regan said he looks forward to continuing to work with ABARI to help the bill pass the House and be signed by the Governor.
ASAMARI is one of 18 state and regional affiliates of the national trade association Automotive Service Association (ASA). The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and collision repair professionals. ASA services an international membership base that includes numerous state affiliate and chapter groups.