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Thursday, 02 June 2022 10:18

MA Right to Repair Coalition Urges Prompt Ruling on Ballot Question Passed by 75% in 2020

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The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has filed an amicus curiae brief with the federal court in reaction to an April 15 procedural order again delaying a ruling, until at least July 1, on a lawsuit filed by automakers challenging the law. 

As of July 1, it will have been more than 1.5 years since voters approved the Right to Repair ballot question by a 75-25 margin, and almost a year from when a verdict was expected in this expedited proceeding. 

 

In its filing, the coalition, which represents independent repair shops, consumers and other businesses in the auto repair space, urged a prompt decision and no further delays, specifically making the following points.
 
“During this delay, the automobile manufacturers are unfairly benefiting, winning new customers for their franchised dealerships, and consumers are losing," the letter said. "A prompt ruling upholding the Act is necessary to remedy this situation, which is contrary to the will of the voters.
 
“…delay has also been an integral part of auto manufacturers’ strategy in frustrating the ongoing efforts of consumers and independent repair shops to obtain fair and equitable access to vehicle diagnostic data needed to maintain and repair vehicles," the letter continued. "Thus, the Committee submits this brief to request a prompt decision on this matter.
 
“Contrary to the clearly-expressed desires of the Massachusetts electorate, manufacturers are successfully controlling access to vehicle data, excluding independent repair shops and vehicle owners and limiting this crucial data to their own franchised dealers.”
 
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition represents more than 4,000 members statewide, including independent repair shops, Massachusetts auto parts stores, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts, the New England Tire and Service Association, Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts and the Automotive Oil Change Association.

 

Source: Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition