This year, CNCDA has introduced AB 473 to the California State Legislature. It is a comprehensive bill that will strengthen and update California’s franchise laws to create a stronger and more equitable vehicle franchise system for our members.
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, who represents California’s 4th Assembly district, is the author of AB 473 and is eager to support CNCDA and its members in this effort. AB 473 contains multiple provisions designed to improve California’s franchise laws, with key components including:
- Protect the underlying intent of the vehicle franchise system by precluding manufacturers from launching a new brand name of vehicles as a way that would compete directly with their franchised dealer network.
- Incorporate a level of fairness into manufacturer-imposed DC fast charging programs by – amongst other requirements – prohibiting the manufacturer from shifting the entire cost of installing and maintaining public-facing DC fast chargers on their dealers.
- Restricts the ability of manufacturers to offer post-sale subscriptions that enable features that are physically built into the vehicle.
While CNCDA is excited to pursue this effort, it will be a heavy lift. Support from each and every dealer across the state is going to be necessary to get this bill across the finish line in 2023.
If you have any questions regarding AB 473 or want to help, please contact Kenton Stanhope, CNCDA’s Director of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.