CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed an auto repair bill supported by the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
New Hampshire House Bill 664 would have required repair facilities to follow original equipment manufacturers' repair procedures to ensure that vehicles are returned to their owners with the same operational functionality as they had before a collision.
Gov. Sununu vetoed the bill Aug. 15.
"New Hampshire enjoys among the lowest auto-insurance premium costs in the country," Gov. Sununu wrote in his veto message.
"Current law ensures safe repairs while maintaining a competitive market," he said. "This bill would increase the cost of auto-insurance premiums by limiting the ability of insurers to negotiate what is reasonable in the repair process."
The ASA urged its New Hampshire members to contact Mr. Sununu in support of HB 664, saying that OEM procedures are the logical ones for auto repairers to follow.
"ASA does not support the use of OEM parts only," ASA Washington Representative Robert L. Redding said.
"ASA's interest is in requiring the industry to adhere to a set of repair procedures that ensure the best opportunity for vehicle safety on our highways."