In November 2013, state Sen. Joe Uecker (R-14)
introduced Ohio Senate Bill 232, a bill to level the playing field for mechanical
automotive repair shops. S.B. 232 extends the jurisdiction of the Motor Vehicle
Repair Board (MVRB) to anyone who performs mechanical repairs on motor
vehicles, requires motor vehicle repair facilities to register with the board,
creates the Motor Vehicle Repair Operator Vendor’s License Suspension Fund and
makes changes to the Motor Vehicle Repair and Window Tint Operator Law. The
Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports S.B. 232.
Under current law, only collision repair
facilities are required to register with the MVRB. This loophole for mechanical
repairs has allowed “backyard” operators to undercut legitimate businesses by
avoiding compliance with OSHA laws and Ohio’s environmental standards. Because
many of these “backyard” shops do not pay taxes or workers’ benefits, there is
a considerable price difference between these operators and law-abiding shop
owners. S.B. 232 would ensure that all automotive repair professionals are
adhering to a uniform set of service and safety standards.
ASA has been supportive of this bill since its
inception. ASA-Ohio worked with Uecker and the mechanical repair industry in
Ohio to create the legislation that is currently before the Ohio Senate
chamber. It is important to note that S.B. 232 does not require additional
licensure, it simply ensures that legitimate businesses face fair competition.
It also provides more information to the consumer, protecting them from unfair
ASA encourages Ohio’s mechanical repairers to
go to the ASA legislative website, www.TakingTheHill.com, to send a letter to
the Ohio legislature in support of S.B. 232.
The Automotive Service Association is the
largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed
by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an
international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and
chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the
automotive service industry.
ASA advances professionalism and excellence in
the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member
services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases,
go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.