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ASA-Ohio Backs Mechanical Shop Registration Legislation

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Dec. 2, 2013—The Automotive Service Association of Ohio (ASA-Ohio) announced on Monday that it will support a newly proposed state bill that would, among other things, create a mechanical shop registration program in Ohio.

The bill was recently introduced by Ohio state Sens. Edna Brown (D-11), Tom Patton (R-24) and Peggy Lehner (R-6) and would:

  • Extend the jurisdiction of the Motor Vehicle Repair Board to anyone who performs mechanical repairs on motor vehicles
  • Require motor vehicle repair facilities to register with the board
  • Create the Motor Vehicle Repair Operator Vendor’s License Suspension Fund
  • Make changes to the Motor Vehicle Repair and Window Tint Operator Law
  • Dissolve the existing Motor Vehicle Repair Board and replaces it with a new board of the same name

Under the terms of the new law, “mechanical repair” is defined as “Any alteration or maintenance, diagnostic or repair service procedures that are performed on and affect or potentially affect the operation of a motor vehicle.”

“We have been very pleased with our state collision shop registration bill and ASA believes the next step is to put in place a mechanical shop registration law for the state of Ohio,” said Joe Sanfillipo, ASA-Ohio past president and current board member. “We encourage repairers to contact their state legislators asking that they support this bill.”

To view the text of this bill in its entirety, visit the Automotive Service Association’s legislative website at

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