A group of Maine independent repair shop owners, employees, and right to repair supporters have filed a ballot initiative to protect their right to repair new cars and trucks as automakers make it increasingly harder to access the repair and diagnostic information necessary to do so.
While the signature drive and campaign will be organized to have this initiative on the 2023 ballot, the legislature is able to pass this legislation at anytime.
More than 90% of new cars are now equipped to transmit real-time diagnostic and repair information wirelessly only to vehicle manufacturers, threatening the rights of consumers to choose to get the cars they own fixed at trusted independent repair shops or do the work themselves.
It would give Maine car and truck drivers access to all of the diagnostic and repair data generated by their own vehicles. Basically it gives you the right to have the repair data that your own car is generating.
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Tim Winkeler, Auburn ME
VIP Tires & Auto Sales
A group of independent Maine auto repair shop owners, their employees and supporters filed an application for a citizens initiative with the Secretary of State’s Office announcing their intentions to seek a statewide referendum in 2023 that would protect their right to repair new cars and trucks.
The Maine Right to Repair Coalition contends that more than 90 percent of new cars are equipped to wirelessly transmit real-time diagnostic and repair information only to vehicle manufacturers. Right to Repair advocates say this practice threatens consumers’ right to choose to get their cars fixed at an independent repair shop or to even do the work themselves.