WASHINGTON—Legislation has been prefiled in the Illinois legislature that would amend the state's vehicle code to provide for the issuance of licenses to new-vehicle dealers that would allow them to repair only vehicles under warranty. Currently, they may repair any vehicle.
The Bedford, Texas-based Automotive Service Association (ASA) said the proposed measure—to be considered in the 1997 legislative session—would also require licensing of automotive parts recyclers, scrap processors, repairers and rebuilders.
The ASA said that under the bill, applicants for a repairer's license would have to meet a number of criteria, including providing proof that they:
Comply with the proper workers compensation rate code;
Have obtained or applied for a hazardous waste generator number;
Have obtained or applied for the proper state sales tax classification and federal ID number;
Have proper liability insurance; and
That the property on which business is conducted is in compliance with local zoning laws.
Bob Redding, ASA's Washington representative, said the bill ``reflects recent consumer attitudes regarding selection of an automotive service facility.
``Research indicates that of those consumers who needed vehicle repairs within the last two years, more chose to use independent neighborhood repair shops than new car dealerships and other service outlets.''
Mr. Redding said he believes that if the bill is enacted, ``more consumers will benefit from the high quality services provided by ASA members in Illinois.''