Mass. Senate Passes Right to Repair Legislation

The Massachusetts Senate recently passed Right to Repair legislation, S. 2204, requiring vehicle manufacturers to sell all non-proprietary repair information to local neighborhood mechanics, repair shops and dealers so they can all repair vehicles using the same codes provided by the manufacturers. The bill will now go before the House of Representatives.

The Massachusetts Right to Repair legislation would level the playing field for independent repair businesses by requiring automakers to provide independent shops with access to their diagnostic software through a standardized vehicle interface and utilizing a generic lap top. If enacted, the measure will permit all independent shops to obtain affordable, just-in-time access to the latest non-proprietary diagnostic and repair information that is currently available to the manufacturers' dealers.

The Right to Repair Act was introduced in Massachusetts for the 2011-12 legislative session by Rep. Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham) and Sen. John Hart (D-South Boston).

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