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News   March 1, 2004   by Auto Service World

Right to Repair Legislation Get Boost in U.S.


A U.S. senator has brought right to repair legislation before the senate, bringing hope to the aftermarket that it will obtain greater access to the tools and information needed to repair cars.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair legislation (S. 2138) to the Senate on Feb. 26, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). Similar to legislation introduced in the House (H.R. 2735), the bill will ensure that motorists retain the right to choose how and by whom their vehicles are maintained and repaired.
"The introduction of S. 2138 by Senator Graham represents another milestone in the battle to obtain passage of this critical legislation needed to ensure the future competitiveness of the independent aftermarket," stated Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO.
"Independents do not have the luxury of depending on the promises of the vehicle manufacturers," said Schmatz. "Our service industry needs affordable and effective access to tools and information, not just this year, but for many years to come. The only way to make sure this happens is through passage of effective right to repair legislation," said Schmatz.
"Car owners and the independent aftermarket owe Senator Graham a big debt of gratitude for his actions to ensure competition in the vehicle repair market. This issue continues to be a major priority for AAIA and AWDA; and we urge legislators to take immediate action to follow the leadership of Rep. Joe Barton in the House and Senator Graham in the Senate and pass the legislation as soon as possible," said Schmatz.


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