Right to Repair Act will be reintroduced

Dec. 9, 2004

U.S. Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY) says he will reintroduce the Motor Vehicle Owners´ Right to Repair Act in the House of Representatives in the 109th Congress. It also will be reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.

New bill numbers will be assigned to the legislation in the House and the Senate. (The 108th congressional session concluded with 118 bipartisan cosponsors for the Right to Repair Act.)

Congressman Towns, who denied a published report that said he is backing off support of the legislation, says the Right to Repair Act gives consumers the ability to choose where, how and by whom they have their vehicles repaired, maintained and serviced. It also allows them to choose whose vehicle parts they wish to purchase.

"I strongly believe in the viability and the need for this legislation."

According to Towns, nearly 14,000 automotive independent repair facilities are located throughout New York, which represents close to 3% of the aftermarket facilities in the United States. "Unless these independent repair facilities have the ability to repair the entire vehicle, they will lose business and will be forced to lay off employees."