Bodybuilders continue to protest against labor rates
The problem persists
“In 2010, when I opened my business, insurers reimbursed consumers a labor rate of
Hawkins said he ran a body shop before he became a teacher and was “very involved” as a member of the
“I just had my truck serviced at the Chevrolet dealership, it is
Several people testifying also told lawmakers that the low rates make it difficult to recruit young technicians in the field.
“Basically it’s an excess of repair shops and fewer physical damage claims,” he said, adding, “In 2003, there were 606,000 physical damage claims. . In 2019, there were only 472,647. That was a decrease of over 22%. the number of physical damage claims as cars became safer. In 2000, there were 797 registered repair shops in the Commonwealth. Today, there are 698. That’s only a drop of 5.5%.
Stark also urged lawmakers not to revert to “government pricing” more than a decade after
“We have learned our lesson…
In the fiscal year 2022 budget, the Legislature created a special commission to study auto body tariffs, made up of lawmakers from the two major parties, three people appointed by the
House Minority Leader
“His interests and years of experience in these areas make him the ideal choice to serve on this special committee which will ensure that bodywork labor rates are fair and reasonable,” Jones said.
The panel is tasked with producing a study which includes “(i) an analysis of labor rates of auto bodies in the Commonwealth, including a comparison of labor rates in neighboring states; (ii) an analysis of the impact of managed competition in the motor insurance market on labor rates; (iii) an assessment of the reasonableness of current labor rates and, if not, an assessment of potential methods of calculating a reasonable labor rate; (iv) the number of auto body shops in the Commonwealth each year from 2008 to date, including the number of shops that have closed during this period; and (v) an analysis of the impact of labor rates on body shop labor. “
The group is expected to hold at least two public hearings “in geographically diverse areas” of the state and is expected to file a report with its findings and recommendations for possible legislative or regulatory action by
“We’ll have a process in place – that we’ll decide as a committee what that process will be, whether it’s hearings or visits around the Commonwealth or whatever – we’ll look at past commissions to see. how they were presented and what were the conclusions, although we know some of the conclusions anyway, ”he said.