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Aftermarket Demands Access to Vehicle Data

A draft of a bill that would give car owners and independent auto repair facilities, including tire dealerships, access to telematically transmitted vehicle diagnostic and repair data is circulating on Capitol Hill.

Mass. tries to reconcile right to repair laws

Legislation to reconcile two right to repair laws on the books in Massachusetts has been approved by the state legislature. The legislation is supported by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), along with organizations representing vehicle manufacturers and new car dealers.

Heavy-duty added to Mass. Right to Repair bill

The Massachusetts legislature has completed work on its latest Right to Repair bill, House Bill 3757 that includes heavy-duty service information provisions for vehicles over 14,000 pounds.

Right to Repair bill introduced in Maine

Maine state Rep. Bernard L.A. Ayotte has introduced House Bill 539, a Right to Repair measure. The Maine bill requires motor vehicle manufacturers to make available to vehicle owners and independent motor vehicle repair facilities diagnostic and repair information and equipment at no more than fair market value and in a way that does not unfairly favor the manufacturers’ dealers and authorized repair facilities.

Lobbying efforts take center stage

No legislation in recent memory better illustrates the importance of an industry association than the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act in Massachusetts. The bill passed earlier this year after a 10-year battle that began on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Massachusetts voters approve Right to Repair

Massachusetts voters added their stamp of approval on the state’s August Right to Repair law by overwhelmingly supporting Question 1 in the Nov. 6, 2012, election, according to the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition.

A final look at the 2012 SEMA Show, trash talking included

There was a lot of talk on the trade show floor -- and in the seminar rooms -- at the 2012 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas, Nev., last week. (The show, part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, ran from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.) Here are my observations.