Right to Repair Debate Over in Massachusetts. Now What?


With the “Right to Repair” bill pass­ing through the Mass­a­chu­setts House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, what’s next?

With­in the next three months after Gov. Deval Patrick signs the bill (which is expect­ed soon), automak­ers have to pro­vide inde­pen­dent shops in the state with full access to repair infor­ma­tion, and the inde­pen­dents have the abil­i­ty to pur­chase fac­to­ry-autho­rized com­put­er scan­ning tools.

Small inde­pen­dent oper­a­tors now have access to the scan­ning tools that fran­chised deal­ers uti­lize. Automak­ers and deal­ers had been fight­ing the bill for the about three and a half years, but lost the argu­ment, and are now going to see a few changes in the way the repair busi­ness is car­ried out in Mass­a­chu­setts.

A sur­vey by AAA says that 88% of its Mass­a­chu­setts mem­bers were in favor of the bill pass­ing. So, it is here, and automak­ers and deal­ers will have to watch what hap­pens next and how it changes ser­vice oper­a­tions.



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