AB 471

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jun 01, 2021
  • Passed Senate Sep 10, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Sep 28, 2021

Bureau of Automotive Repair: administration: citations: safety inspections.

Abstract

(1) Existing law, the Automotive Repair Act (act) , provides for the registration and regulation of automotive repair dealers by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (bureau) in the Department of Consumer Affairs. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor unless otherwise specified, and may subject a licensee to disciplinary action, including license suspension or revocation. Existing law authorizes the Director of Consumer Affairs (director) to adopt and enforce those rules and regulations that the director determines are reasonably necessary to carry out the purposes of the act and declare the policy of the bureau, including a system for the issuance of citations for violations of the act. Existing law also subjects the bureau to review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature, as specified, and requires that review to be performed as if the act were scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023. This bill would extend the above-described date to January 1, 2024. The bill also would, on or after July 1, 2023, authorize the director to include in the citation system a process for informal review of and recommendation on citations, including the establishment of an informal citation conference, as specified. (2) Existing law requires the bureau and other state licensing entities to disclose on the internet certain information related to enforcement actions the state licensing entity has taken against its licensees, including auto repair dealers. This bill would, until July 1, 2026, authorize the director to establish a process for an automotive repair dealer, upon successful completion of a specified remedial training, to prevent disclosure of the citation on the internet but would preclude the use of remedial training if the violation constitutes fraud, as defined. The bill would require the director to establish through regulation a program to certify providers of that training. (3) Existing law prohibits a person who is required to have a valid registration under the act from having the benefit of any lien for labor or materials or the right to sue on a contract for motor vehicle repairs unless the person has a valid registration. This bill would specify that the benefit of any lien for labor or materials includes the ability to charge storage fees. (4) Existing law requires an automotive repair dealer to register with the director upon forms prescribed by the director that contain sufficient information to identify the automotive repair dealer, including, among other things, the address of each location and the dealer's retail seller's permit number if a permit is required by law. Under existing law, the forms are required to include a statement signed by the dealer under penalty of perjury that the information provided is true. This bill would recast and revise those provisions to additionally require the forms to include, among other things, the automotive repair dealer's telephone number, email address, and motor vehicle license plate number if engaged in mobile automotive repairs. By requiring an automotive repair dealer to provide additional items of information to the director under penalty of perjury, this bill would expand the crime of perjury, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. (5) Existing law requires the director to adopt regulations that prescribe the equipment and other qualifications as a condition to licensing a station as an official station for adjusting lamps or brakes and to prescribe the qualifications of adjusters employed in those stations. Existing law requires a licensed adjuster in a licensed station to issue a certificate of adjustment when requested by the owner or driver of the vehicle if the adjuster determines that the lamps or the brakes of the vehicle conform with the applicable requirements of law. Under existing law, a violation of the provisions regulating lamp and brake adjusting stations is an infraction. This bill would require the director to issue vehicle safety systems inspection licenses to stations and technicians to conduct inspections of, and repairs to, safety systems of vehicles. The bill would require the director to develop inspection criteria and standards for specific safety systems and components of the vehicle in order to promote the safe and uniform installation, maintenance, and servicing of vehicle safety systems and components. The bill would require the director to adopt regulations by January 1, 2024, including, but not limited to, the application fee and process for applicants and the certification process for vehicles, as specified. This bill would provide that the vehicle safety systems inspection license replaces licenses issued pursuant to the existing provisions governing the licensure of lamp and brake adjusting stations and adjusters and would repeal those provisions on the effective date of the new regulations. The bill would also provide that licenses and certificates issued pursuant to those repealed provisions would remain valid for 6 months thereafter. Because a violation of these provisions would be an infraction, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. (6) Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect. (7) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


Sep 28, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 372, Statutes of 2021.

Sep 22, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.

Sep 10, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 37. Noes 0.).

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 76. Noes 0.).

Assembly

Ordered to the unfinished business file.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 07, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (August 26).

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 16, 2021

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jul 15, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 14, 2021

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (July 13).

Jul 01, 2021

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jun 30, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (June 30). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jun 15, 2021

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B., P. & E.D.

Jun 09, 2021

Senate

Referred to Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and JUD.

Jun 02, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Jun 01, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 77. Noes 1.)

May 25, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 24, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

May 20, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (May 20).

Apr 28, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Apr 20, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 19. Noes 0.) (April 20). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 26, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Mar 25, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on B. & P. Read second time and amended.

Feb 18, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Feb 09, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.

Feb 08, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB471 HTML
02/08/21 - Introduced PDF
03/25/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/24/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/15/21 - Amended Senate PDF
07/01/21 - Amended Senate PDF
07/15/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/03/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/15/21 - Enrolled PDF
09/28/21 - Chaptered PDF

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