The state of Massachusetts has long been the center of debate over the “Right to Repair.” Representatives of independent repair shops have been lobbying state lawmakers to pass legislation to level the playing field. Now the Right to Repair Coalition has collected sufficient signatures to put the question on the November ballot so voters can express their opinions.
If the ballot initiative is approved by Massachusetts voters, automakers would be required to provide tooling and computer codes to the state’s independent repair shops at the same price it does for franchised dealers. If approved in November, the referendum would take effect in 2015.
Automakers have been lobbying against right to repair laws. In response to the referendum action, automakers registered the Citizens Committee for Safe and Fair Repair. Lead by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Global Automakers, this committee will raise money for a campaign against the ballot initiative.