WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 07, 2011 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is disappointed that the proponents of so-called “Right to Repair” legislation have resorted to circumventing the Massachusetts legislature for passage of their bill. Efforts to promote this legislation have failed numerous times at the federal level, in several states and last year in the Massachusetts legislature. Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley certified all four Right to Repair petitions, permitting this legislation to move forward by way of the State’s public ballot initiative process.
Right to Repair legislation does not benefit the consumer, as proponents suggest, and has proven unnecessary time and again over the last 20 years. Access to the same diagnostic repair information auto manufacturers currently provide to their dealers already exists. In addition, this legislation has been opposed by a broad based coalition, including the police, Industries of Massachusetts, Mass Biotech, unions, independent repairers, New England Service Station & Automotive Repair Association (NESSARA) and automobile manufacturers. We regret that advocates of the legislation are using the petition process as a last resort for bill passage after so many failed attempts.
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. Our members’ market share of both U.S. sales and production is 40 percent and growing. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.
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