Four United States House of Representative members have re-introduced the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act to Congress to ensure the “preservation of consumer choice, a fair marketplace and safe operation of vehicles.”
The REPAIR Act will preserve consumer access to quality and affordable vehicle repair, ensure access to repair tools and information, ensure cybersecurity, create a stakeholder advisory committee and more.
“The REPAIR Act would give owners, including the rural communities in my district, secure access to critical data so the service center of their choosing can replace parts and repair their vehicles,” says Rep. Dunn.
“The REPAIR Act is a bipartisan solution to improve vehicle data access laws to give working families more choices for repair when their car breaks down,” says Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez.
In 2020 MTD reported on the passing of Ballot Question 1 (also known as Right to Repair) in Massachusetts, which Tire Industry Association (TIA) officials called “a victory for the entire automotive industry.”
And in July 2021, MTD reported that President Biden signed an executive order calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to institute rules to curb anti-competitive vehicle repair restrictions.
The REPAIR Act is the only bill that addresses vehicle maintenance and repair restrictions, including heavy-duty vehicles.
“American vehicle owners have a right to control their data and a right to access third-party repair shops, tools and parts,” says Rep. Davidson.
TIA officials have commented on the bill and said they are “actively recruiting” members in the House of Representatives to join as a co-sponsor to the legislation.
“Passing the REPAIR Act will be a focus and top priority for TIA in the 118th Congress,” TIA officials continued.
Automotive aftermarket companies can urge legislators in their district to also co-sponsor the bill by visiting repairact.com.