Maine Legislator Introduces New Right to Repair Bill
ASA opposes service info legislation similar to Massachusetts
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2013 – Recently, Maine Rep. Bernard L.A. Ayotte (R-3), introduced House Bill 539, Right to Repair legislation.
This bill requires motor vehicle manufacturers to make available to vehicle owners and independent motor vehicle repair facilities diagnostic and repair information and equipment at no more than fair market value and in a way that does not unfairly favor the manufacturers’ dealers and authorized repair facilities.
Similar legislation, establishing the Massachusetts state government as a regulator of service information, was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor of Massachusetts last year. In addition, voters in Massachusetts approved a ballot initiative establishing a new Right to Repair law in Massachusetts.
Automobile manufacturer trade associations and parts distributors supported the Massachusetts legislation. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposed the Massachusetts Right to Repair legislation and ballot initiative, and it also opposes the bill introduced in Maine. ASA supports a marketplace solution for independent repairers obtaining service information as outlined by the 2002 ASA-Automaker Service Information Agreement and not additional state or federal laws on this issue.
To view the full text of this bill and related information, please visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.
ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.