Bell: House Bill 1376 Passes in House Requiring Automotive Mobility Dealer Licensing

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 7:00 pm

Start Date:  2/17/2009  All Day  
End Date:  2/17/2009    

House Bill 1376 Passes in House Requiring

Automotive Mobility Dealer Licensing

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 17, 2009 - Hoosier handicapped drivers may soon have a better way to purchase vehicles for themselves.  

House Bill 1376, passed Tuesday by the Indiana House of Representatives with a 91-1 vote, would mandate that all automotive mobility dealers must be licensed by the Indiana secretary of state. An automotive mobility dealer is a business that sells, repairs, modifies or installs parts for handicap accessible automobiles.

To acquire a dealer's license, the automotive mobility dealer must meet all industry standards.  These standards would bind dealers to assure the highest level of performance and safety. These dealers are also required to have the technicians be certified in the equipment they sell, install and service.

An automotive mobility dealer is any business that sells, installs or services an automobile; offering to sell, install or service; or advertise selling, installation or service.

House Bill 1376 author Rep. GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) and co-author Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) were pleased to have the bill pass with overwhelming support.

"This is an important adjustment that clarifies license standards," said Rep. Bell. "We insure that Hoosier handicapped drivers can purchase vehicles at dealerships that meet safety and training requirements."

Purchasing a wheelchair-accessible van or accessory parts can be overwhelming, especially for first-time buyers. House Bill 1376 would allow prospective purchasers to test-operate certified products.

"We now recognize the value of Hoosier handicapped drivers and give them the opportunity to be in the vehicle and test it out before purchasing it," said Rep. Bell. "With the assistance and support of the secretary of state, these drivers will make sound purchases to protect themselves, other motorists and the automotive mobility dealers."