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(625 ILCS 5/13C-40)
Grievance and damage claim requirements and procedures.
(a) Emissions inspection and waiver denial grievance procedures.
(1) Any person aggrieved by a decision regarding the
failure of an emissions test or the denial of a waiver may file a petition with the Agency within 30 days after the decision was made, and the Agency shall thereupon investigate the matter. Within 45 days after its receipt of the petition, the Agency shall submit to the petitioner and any affected inspector or station its written determination of the correctness or incorrectness of the decision being grieved. The written determination shall include a statement of the facts relied upon and the legal and technical issues decided by the Agency in making its determination, and may also include an order directing the inspector (i) to issue an emission inspection certificate for the vehicle effective on such date as the Agency may specify, (ii) to reinspect the vehicle, (iii) to apply the standards that the Agency has determined to be applicable, or (iv) to take any other action that the Agency deems to be appropriate. In conducting the investigation, the Agency may require the petitioner to present the vehicle for inspection by the Agency or its designated agent.
(2) The written determination of the Agency shall be
subject to review in circuit court in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, except that no challenge to the validity of a rule adopted or continued under subsection (a) of Section 13C-20 shall be heard by the circuit court if the challenge could have been raised in a timely petition for review as provided in Section 13C-20.
(b) Vehicle damage claim requirements and procedures.
(1) The contractor shall make vehicle damage claim
forms authorized by the Agency available for vehicle owners in sufficient quantities at all official inspection stations.
(2) Notice of the vehicle damage claim procedures and
the vehicle owner's rights in relation to a vehicle damage claim shall be conspicuously posted at all official inspection stations.
(3) If a vehicle owner believes that his or her
vehicle was damaged by an act or omission of the contractor during or as a result of an emissions inspection performed on or after August 1, 2002, the owner may initiate resolution of the damage claim under this subsection by complying with the following:
(A) Within 30 days of the date of the vehicle
emissions inspection that allegedly caused the vehicle damage, the vehicle owner shall submit a vehicle damage claim to the contractor at the official inspection station at which the vehicle damage allegedly occurred.
(B) Within 30 days of filing the claim, the owner
shall submit to the contractor any relevant information relating to the owner's claim for vehicle damage, including but not limited to evaluations conducted by a claims evaluation center or automotive repair shop meeting standards prescribed by the Agency.
(4) The contractor shall promptly notify the Agency
of each vehicle damage claim received by the contractor under subdivision (b)(3) and shall forward to the Agency any additional information provided by the owner.
(5) Within 60 days after the filing of a vehicle
damage claim, the contractor shall notify the vehicle owner of its proposed resolution of the damage claim.
(6) Within 30 days after receiving the contractor's
proposed resolution of the damage claim, the owner may petition the Agency for a review of the adequacy and completeness of the contractor's proposed resolution. The petition shall be in a form specified by the Agency.
(7) Upon receiving a petition for review, the Agency
shall request the contractor to deliver to the Agency a copy of the contractor's proposed resolution of the damage claim, together with all documents, videotapes, and information relevant to the damage claim and the proposed resolution. The contractor shall provide the requested materials to the Agency within 15 days of receiving the Agency's request.
(8) Within 30 days after receiving the relevant
materials from the contractor, the Agency shall review the materials and determine whether the contractor's proposed resolution of the damage claim is adequate and complete. The Agency may deem the proposed resolution of the damage claim to be adequate and complete. If the Agency does not deem the proposed resolution of the damage claim to be adequate and complete, it may request the contractor to further investigate and evaluate the damage claim and resubmit its proposed resolution of the claim. The contractor shall then have 30 days to respond in writing to the Agency with the results of its further evaluation of the damage claim and its proposed resolution.
(9) The Agency shall notify the vehicle owner in
writing of the result of its review of the adequacy and completeness of the contractor's proposed resolution of the damage claim. Copies of all correspondence between the Agency and the contractor relating to the damage claim shall also be sent to the vehicle owner.
(10) If, after the Agency's review, the vehicle owner
still does not agree with all or a portion of the proposed resolution of the damage claim by the contractor, the vehicle owner may further pursue the damage claim through the binding arbitration process established by the contractor and accepted by the Agency, or in circuit court.
(11) The Agency's review of the adequacy and
completeness of the contractor's proposed resolution of a damage claim is not binding upon the vehicle owner or the contractor and does not affect the rights of the vehicle owner or the contractor under law. The Agency's review of the adequacy and completeness of the contractor's proposed resolution of a damage claim is not a final action subject to administrative review and is not subject to review by the Pollution Control Board or otherwise appealable.
(Source: P.A. 94-526, eff. 1-1-06.)