California Bill Aims To Increase Safety Inspections

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March 9, 2021—A bill in California has been introduced that would expand the inspection of vehicle safety components and systems, according to a press release. 

The legislation combines the state’s current brake and lamp inspection program required for salvage vehicles to be registered by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), renames it the California Vehicle Safety Inspection Program (CVSIP) and will include additional safety inspection criteria and systems as developed by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR).

The bill will also allow the Bureau of Automotive Repair to collect information from the automotive repair dealer application, including educational and training certifications that are nationally recognized and generally accepted by the automotive repair industry.

“Automotive Repair Professionals spend a considerable amount of time and money training automotive service technicians to properly and safely repair vehicles. Under AB 471, these training certifications would be included on the BAR public website to assist consumers to easily identify auto repair shops that have proper training and certification credentials. I think it’s a win-win for both consumers and automotive repair shops,” Dave Kusa, chair of the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement. 

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