Right to Repair passes Massachusetts Senate

Jan. 1, 2020
The Massachusetts Senate has passed Right to Repair legislation.

One month after consumers and neighborhood repairers packed a Massachusetts State House hearing room to urge passage of Right to Repair legislation, the state's Senate approved the measure with added safeguards designed to protect new car dealerships and independent repairers.

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"We thank Chairman Tom Kennedy and the legislation's senate sponsor, Sen. Jack Hart. Without their leadership, consumers would still be waiting for this step," said Art Kinsman, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition. "We applaud the Senate for acting and look forward to passage in the House and then on to the Governor for his signature."

More than 100,000 Massachusetts citizens signed the Right to Repair ballot initiative earlier this year. If the state legislature does not pass a final Right to Repair bill, the state's consumers will get their own chance to vote for passage on the November ballot. Recent polls have shown support level for Right to Repair as high as 87 percent, according to the coalition.

The Right to Repair bill passed by the Massachusetts Senate requires that car manufacturers sell all non-proprietary repair information to local, independent repair shops and new car dealers so they can repair vehicles using the same manufacturers' codes. Changes to the Senate- passed legislation make certain that new car dealers derive the same benefits and have the same ability to obtain identical repair information as neighborhood repair shops.

At the federal level, the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Todd Platts (R-PA) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and currently has 50 co-sponsors.

For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.righttorepair.org or and www.massrighttorepair.com.