On Tuesday, June 6, MEMA attended the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure hearing on H.R. 2784, an act providing for an investigation and study by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation regarding the implementation of the 2013 Right to Repair Act and the new requirements taking effect for MY 2018 vehicles. The Right to Repair act requires that independent repair shops and vehicle owners have the same access to vehicle diagnostic and repair information as the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their franchised dealers.
In the first of two panels of testimony on the bill, representatives from independent aftermarket industry expressed concern with OEM compliance for the new MY 2018 regulations and asked the committee to make sure the OEMs comply. The second panel consisted of a representative of the Massachusetts’ dealers and stated that H.R. 2784 is unnecessary, and the committee already has the authority to study the implementation of Right to Repair.
MEMA and its light vehicle aftermarket division, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) have been tracking the bill since its inception. We will continue to monitor the new bill as well as industry compliance with the 2013 law. For more information contact Tom Lehner.