Support for Right to Repair bill reaches 51
Congressional support of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) has reached 51.
Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Donna Christensen (D-V.I.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Collin Peterson (DFL-Minn.) and Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) are the most recent co-sponsors of the Right to Repair Act.
Kathleen Schmatz, CEO and president of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), says the Right to Repair Act is a "critical piece of pro-consumer and pro-small business legislation.”
"Every single person who owns or operates a vehicle stands to suffer economically if the Right to Repair Act is not passed.”
According to a new study conducted by John Dunham and Associates for AAIA) and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), independent auto repair shops save American consumers nearly $26 billion annually, or $360 per family.
(The data, which is available not only by state, but also by congressional district, and can be viewed at www.guerrillaeconomics.biz/righttorepair.)
“This new study shows that the automotive aftermarket and its independent repair shops are a central part of the U.S. economy," says Ray Pohlman, president of CARE. "Passage of the Right to Repair Act will prevent a vehicle repair monopoly by ensuring that consumers have safe and affordable choices when it comes to auto repair.”
For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.righttorepair.org.