Sen. Tim Scott calls for an audit of OTA service
Sen. Timothy Scott (R-SC) said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to require an audit when consumers receive free or discounted service from an appliance repair shop.
Scott told reporters during a press conference in Hawaii that his bill will require an auditing of services provided by appliance repair companies.
“I am going to introduce a bill to audit the OTA (overnight appliance repair service) industry, and we’re going to hold them accountable for what they’re doing,” Scott said.
Scott has introduced several bills aimed at improving the OSA (oceans and air services) sector, including legislation to reform the OAA (ocean and air supply chain) and the OCA (oail and air control) sector. “
That’s what we’ve done in the past with other types of businesses, like the gas stations.”
Scott has introduced several bills aimed at improving the OSA (oceans and air services) sector, including legislation to reform the OAA (ocean and air supply chain) and the OCA (oail and air control) sector.
Scott has also been vocal about the fact that the industry he is representing has been heavily regulated, particularly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In August, Scott’s office announced that the agency had banned all of its OTA inspection teams from inspecting and servicing all of the nation’s largest OTA and OCA equipment makers.
The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACOS) said last month that the OTSB would “limit” inspections of OTC and other equipment companies to only those with “an OTA license.”
A group of appliance repair firms, including Cabela’s, American Home Products, Home Depot, HomeAway, Sears, and Target, collectively represent more than 90% of the OTPs market share in the United States.
“These companies are taking advantage of consumers who are paying for free or reduced service,” Scott told The Hill.
“They are ripping off consumers who have to go to a third-party service provider to get the repairs they need.”
The bill has yet to be filed.