Twice the Right to Repair? Massachusetts Passes Right to Repair Act, but Now Has Conflicting Laws

According to fenderbender.com, Massachusetts voters have approved the state’s Right to Repair ballot question, which will now require automakers to provide independent repair shops with access to the information needed to diagnose vehicle malfunctions and repair information. Distributed by Kiley Law Group, LLC

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Conflicting Laws May Cause Trouble in Massachusetts

Major differences between the July 31st compromise and the ballot question could create confusion and have the potential to cause a stop sale for auto manufacturers in Massachusetts.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

According to fenderbender.com*, Massachusetts voters have approved the state’s Right to Repair ballot question, which will now require automakers to provide independent repair shops with access to the information needed to diagnose vehicle malfunctions and repair information.

Theoretically, under the Massachusetts Right to Repair Law, vehicle owners will now be able to take their car to independent repair shops and receive the same types of diagnostic tests and services that would be offered at their vehicle’s dealership.

Although Massachusetts is the first state to pass a law requiring auto manufacturers to divulge this type of information, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromised version on July 31st, 2012. Major differences between the July 31st compromise and the ballot question could create confusion and have the potential to cause a stop sale for auto manufacturers in Massachusetts.

The ballot question and compromised version have two major differences. While the ballot version gives auto makers until 2015 to comply with the required changes, the compromised version allows it until 2018. The compromised bill also allows for multiple types of technologies to be used rather than a specific scanning tool.

Daniel Gage, communications and public affairs director for AAM, said that the scanning tool outlined in the ballot version is now considered out-of-date and that the 2015 deadline is not enough time for manufacturers to redesign vehicles.

If auto manufacturers are unable to comply by the 2015 deadline, they may be unable to sell vehicles within the state of Massachusetts.

Tom Kiley Sr., senior partner at Kiley Law Group, LLC, has been assisting Massachusetts car accident victims for several decades. “These laws give vehicle owners the power and confidence to choose where they want to fix their car. The people of Massachusetts have made it clear that they are tired of being told what to do by big business.

“Massachusetts vehicle owners will now have the information needed to have their vehicles fixed properly by independent repair shops for a reasonable price. Whatever conflicts exist between the ballot question and compromised version should be addressed, but we are proud to be a part of the first state to take action,” said attorney Kiley.

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition is aware of the potential problems faced by the conflicting laws but is confident that the laws are in the best interest of Massachusetts vehicle owners.

“The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition remains committed to working with lawmakers and all affected parties to ensure that any reconciliation of the ballot question with the existing law is done with careful thought and consideration of the wishes of Massachusetts’ voters and car owners, especially in light of the resounding and historic nature of the vote,” the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition said.

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The Boston car accident attorneys at Kiley Law Group have been assisting auto accident victims for several decades. Tom Kiley is a respected member of the American Association for Justice and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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Attribution* - fenderbender.com/FenderBender/November-2012/Massachusetts-approves-Right-to-Repair-ballot-question/


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