Kentucky bills address vehicle warranties, HHG movers, closed roads

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 1/10/2014

Work started this week at the Kentucky statehouse, and bills that could soon be considered include efforts that cover vehicle warranty repairs, the ignoring of closed-road signs, and household goods movers.

The first bill covers motor vehicle repairs. Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, introduced a bill to require that any motor vehicles involved in a wreck and still under a manufacturer’s warranty to be repaired with new factory parts.

An exception could be made if the use of after-market parts is approved in writing by the vehicle owner.

Insurance companies would be required to reimburse the costs for new factory parts.

The bill, HB109, is in the House Banking and Insurance Committee.

Another House bill would cost certain travelers more than mere pocket change for a bad driving decision.

Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, offered a bill that would fine travelers who ignore temporary police barricades and drive through flooded areas during and after storms.

Violators would face fines up to $2,000 to cover the tab for any rescue or recovery that is necessary.

Supporters say the issue warrants attention because more and more people are making a foolish decision that endangers their own lives and the lives of rescuers.

Law enforcement officials estimate there are fewer than 50 incidents reported in the state each year.

HB80 awaits consideration in the House Transportation Committee.

One more bill awaiting assignment to committee addresses household goods movers. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, the bill is intended to help start-ups.

Kentucky law now requires owners of household goods companies to approve new businesses. Buford said the rule prohibits free enterprise and new business.

SB23 would authorize the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to issue a household goods certificate to any qualified applicant. The department would set requirements and standards for HHG carriers.

The departmental fee to file an application or renewal would be $250.

In addition, the bill would require background checks on employees of HHG movers.

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