Massachusetts Voters To Decide “Right of Repair”

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Automotive News - July 3, 2012

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.

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