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Pilot rebuilt motor vehicle inspection program.
F.S. 319.141
319.141 Pilot rebuilt motor vehicle inspection program.
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Facility” means a rebuilt motor vehicle inspection facility authorized and operating under this section.
(b) “Rebuilt inspection services” means an examination of a rebuilt vehicle and a properly endorsed certificate of title, salvage certificate of title, or manufacturer’s statement of origin and an application for a rebuilt certificate of title, a rebuilder’s affidavit, a photograph of the junk or salvage vehicle taken before repairs began, receipts or invoices for all major component parts, as defined in s. 319.30, and repairs which were changed, and proof that notice of rebuilding of the vehicle has been reported to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.
(2) By July 1, 2015, the department shall oversee a pilot program in Miami-Dade County to evaluate alternatives for rebuilt inspection services offered by existing private sector operators, including the continued use of private facilities, the cost impact to consumers, and the potential savings to the department.
(3) The department shall establish a memorandum of understanding that allows private parties participating in the pilot program to conduct rebuilt motor vehicle inspections and specifies requirements for oversight, bonding and insurance, procedures, and forms and requires the electronic transmission of documents.
(4) Before an applicant is approved, the department shall ensure that the applicant meets basic criteria designed to protect the public. At a minimum, the applicant shall meet all of the following requirements:
(a) Have and maintain a surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $100,000 executed by the applicant.
(b) Secure and maintain a facility at a permanent structure at an address recognized by the United States Postal Service where the only services provided on such property are rebuilt inspection services. The operator of a facility shall annually attest that he or she is not employed by or does not have an ownership interest in or other financial arrangement with the owner, operator, manager, or employee of a motor vehicle repair shop as defined in s. 559.903, a motor vehicle dealer as defined in s. 320.27(1)(c), a towing company, a vehicle storage company, a vehicle auction, an insurance company, a salvage yard, a metal retailer, or a metal rebuilder, from which he or she receives remuneration, directly or indirectly, for the referral of customers for rebuilt inspection services.
(c) Have and maintain garage liability and other insurance required by the department.
(d) Have completed criminal background checks of the owners, partners, and corporate officers and the inspectors employed by the facility.
(e) Meet any additional criteria the department determines necessary to conduct proper inspections.
(5) A participant in the program shall access vehicle and title information and enter inspection results through an electronic filing system authorized by the department and shall maintain records of each rebuilt vehicle inspection processed at such facility for at least 5 years.
(6) The department shall immediately terminate any operator from the program who fails to meet the minimum eligibility requirements specified in subsection (4). Before a change in ownership of a rebuilt inspection facility, the current operator must give the department 45 days’ written notice of the intended sale. The prospective owner must meet the eligibility requirements of this section and execute a new memorandum of understanding with the department before operating the facility.
(7) This section is repealed on July 1, 2018, unless saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
History.s. 21, ch. 2013-160; s. 6, ch. 2015-163.