Enacts new GS Chapter 93F, Motor Vehicle Repair Shops and Collision Repair Estimators and Technicians. Prohibits a person after December 1, 2015, from owning or operating a motor vehicle repair shop or engaging in business as a collision repair estimator, service advisor, collision repair technician, or mechanical repair technician without being licensed under the Chapter with specified exemptions. Establishes the NC Board of Examiners for Motor Vehicle Repair Shops and Collision Repairs (Board), with seven members to administer the Chapter. Sets out qualifications for licensure as a collision repair estimator or service advisor, as a collision repair technician or mechanical repair technician, and as a motor vehicle repair shop. Establishes fees that may be charged by the Board and the Board’s disciplinary authority. Makes it illegal for a repair shop to request or accept funds from an insurance company or any agency of a licensed insurer if the shop is not licensed. Requires motor vehicle repair shops to maintain repair records, which must be available to the customer for at least 36 months from the last date of service. Allows the Board to apply for injunctive relief for violations of the Chapter. Amends GS 58-33-76 to prohibit an insurance company, agent, adjuster, or appraiser or any other person employed to perform their services from negotiating or reimbursing for repairs with an unlicensed motor vehicle repair shop.
Bill S 454 (2015-2016)Summary date: Mar 25 2015 - View summary