Right to Repair Proponents to Bypass Legislative Process

September 7, 2011

The following is a statement from the Massachusetts Auto Coalition. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is a member of the coalition. 

Boston – September 7, 2011 – Today’s ruling has nothing to do with the wisdom, desirability, or feasibility of the proposed legislation.

The Attorney General’s decision simply affirms that so-called “Right to Repair” proponents – the big after-market parts industry attempting to gain unrestricted access to automakers’ proprietary information and intellectual investment – have the constitutional right under Massachusetts law to sidestep legislative authority and place their question on the 2012 ballot.

To date, the United States Congress and every single state legislature that have considered similar bills have rejected it.

Massachusetts consumers know they can already get their cars serviced and repaired wherever they like. They don’t need an unnecessary law to prove that. Instead, passage of this initiative could actually complicate the system in place today, limiting repair choice, threatening vehicle security and safety, forcing the costly redesign of automobiles, and harming consumers.

About the Mass Auto Coalition

The Massachusetts Auto Coalition is an expansive group of automobile industry organizations – including automakers, dealers, and independent service and repair technicians – and local business, regional commerce, labor, insurance, and law enforcement entities dedicated to explaining why the so-called “Right-to Repair” legislation is wrong for Massachusetts. Find out more at www.massautocoalition.org.