AAIA warns now is the time to act on Right to Repair

Lucas Deal

January 21, 2013

The Right to Repair issue being addressed in the Massachusetts state legislature will one day change your business – whether you’re located in the commonwealth or not, says Sheila Andrews, manager of government affairs for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

“Everything that happens with [Right to Repair] will be affected by what happens in Massachusetts,” she says.

The Right to Repair law was initially passed in Massachusetts last summer and did not include heavy-duty repair. It was later temporarily added as a provision, sending the law back to the state legislature. As Massachusetts prepares to vote on it again, OEMs are trying to keep heavy-duty out of the law.

To get it added, Andrews says the heavy-duty aftermarket has to speak up.

“Heavy duty needs to get a voice together to gain admission into the law,” she says. ” A campaign needs to be started.”

While Massachusetts is currently the only state with Right to Repair on a legislative ballot, other states and possibly the Federal government could investigate creating a potential law in the near future.

She advises that if that happens, it is likely to mirror the Massachusetts rule. Which means for heavy-duty service providers to see the benefits then, they must be proactive now.

Andrews recommends contacting the AAIA and CVSN to provide support for the Massachusetts’ decision to include heavy-duty service. She also recommends forwarding this letter: http://tinyurl.com/MARighttoRepair, which Massachusetts’ residents can sign to support heavy-duty’s involvement with Right to Repair.

“Heavy duty has to act now,” she says.

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