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Boucher gets behind Right to Repair Act

BETHESDA, Md. – Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher (R-9th) is supporting legislation that, if passed, would require car companies to make the same service information and tool capabilities available to independent repair shops that they provide to their franchised dealer networks.
The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057), introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and George Miller (D-Calif.), also provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealers. Federal Trade Commission would be responsible for enforcing the bill.
“We want to thank Rep. Boucher for supporting this very important piece of pro-consumer and pro-small business legislation, said Kathleen Schmatz, president and chief executive officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
“Right to Repair ensures that car owners can continue to enjoy the convenience and affordability of having their vehicle serviced at the repair shop of their choice, whether it’s their neighborhood repair shop or a franchised dealership,” Schmatz added.
Because vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated with virtually every system either monitored or controlled by computers, servicing these vehicle systems to keep them in safe working condition requires ready access to complete and accurate information from the car companies.
“Right to Repair has become more important than ever as motorists seek new neighborhood repair shops because a dealership has closed in their area,” said Schmatz.
For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.righttorepair.org.

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Boucher gets behind Right to Repair Act

BETHESDA, Md. – Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher (R-9th) is supporting legislation that, if passed, would require car companies to make the same service information and tool capabilities available to independent repair shops that they provide to their franchised dealer networks.
The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057), introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and George Miller (D-Calif.), also provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealers. Federal Trade Commission would be responsible for enforcing the bill.
“We want to thank Rep. Boucher for supporting this very important piece of pro-consumer and pro-small business legislation, said Kathleen Schmatz, president and chief executive officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
“Right to Repair ensures that car owners can continue to enjoy the convenience and affordability of having their vehicle serviced at the repair shop of their choice, whether it’s their neighborhood repair shop or a franchised dealership,” Schmatz added.
Because vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated with virtually every system either monitored or controlled by computers, servicing these vehicle systems to keep them in safe working condition requires ready access to complete and accurate information from the car companies.
“Right to Repair has become more important than ever as motorists seek new neighborhood repair shops because a dealership has closed in their area,” said Schmatz.
For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.righttorepair.org.

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