Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Right to Repair Act moves forward

The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, H.R. 2735, has reached a landmark number of 106 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE). The Right to Repair Act was introduced in the House July 15, 2003, by Representatives. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and in the U.S. Senate on February 26, 2004, by Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC). The Senate bill, S. 2138, has 10 co-sponsors in the Senate. 

Other supporters include over 30 aftermarket organizations, hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide who have signed petitions and sent e-mails to Congress, and numerous consumer and small business groups such as Associated Locksmiths of America, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), American Automobile Association (AAA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, and 60 Plus Association.

CARE President David Parde stated, "We are pleased to have 106 House co- sponsors for H.R. 2735. The bill is pro-consumer, pro-small business and pro-environment. It's about ownership and the right of consumers to choose where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired, even if they wish to work on it themselves. It ensures that all vehicle owners and independent auto service centers have access to the information necessary to diagnose and repair vehicles at an affordable cost."

At the same time, the legislation protects intellectual property by inserting Sec 3-B in the bill which states proprietary information is not requested. The bill awaits hearings in the House sub-committee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, and in the Senate sub-committee on Competition, Foreign Commerce and Infrastructure. The bill helps keep automotive vehicle maintenance efficient and affordable, assuring cleaner and safer running vehicles.

Parde added, "We look forward to acquiring more co-sponsors in the House and Senate, and to passing this bill. We thank members who support motoring consumers, small business and the automotive aftermarket on this important issue:"

CARE launches new website

CARE also said that it has updated its website, www.careauto.org, with a new look, new resources, a press room, and more in-depth information on automotive aftermarket issues, such as the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act which is now before Congress. The Right to Repair Act, H.R. 2735 and its Senate companion, S. 2138, guarantees the ability of vehicle owners to choose - on their own - where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired, whose parts they wish to buy or even work on their vehicle themselves.

The revised website features the following tools for activists, consumers and journalists:

• Overview of legislation and current listing of legislative co-sponsors

• Description of Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act

• Links for users to email Congress

• An online petition to pass the bill

• A sample letter to Congress

• Legislative updates on aftermarket issues by state

• A search engine to identify elected officials by zip code

• Statistics on cost comparisons of aftermarket parts and labor vs those of the automotive manufacturers

• Displays of polls and surveys from consumers supporting the Right to Repair Act U.S. automotive driving facts and more

The press room, for reporters working on the Right to Repair Act, includes archives for news coverage and press releases, free sign up for journalists, and downloadable visual materials regarding the grassroots campaign launched by CARE and other leaders in the automotive aftermarket.

The website highlights key legislation including the Right to Repair Act, which now has 100 co-sponsors in the House sub-committee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. It was introduced in the Senate on February 26 and has four co- sponsors in the Senate sub-committee on Competition, Foreign Commerce, and Infrastructure.


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