Americans voted to expand the rights of auto repair shopsNovember 8, 2020
Massachusetts has passed a number of amendments in the field of car repair
Residents of the American state of Massachusetts voted to expand the law on the right to repair cars – now it has added telematic data.
The Auto Repair Rights Act has been in effect in Massachusetts since 2012, requiring automakers to provide vehicle owners and independent auto repair shops with access to the same diagnostic and repair information that authorized dealerships use. In essence, it was a step towards preventing dealership networks from monopolizing car repairs. The law was passed by the vast majority of the state’s residents, but times have changed since then – cars have become much more complex, so it’s time to make some amendments.
In 2019, lawmakers proposed adding telematics to the law – data generated by a vehicle and covering literally everything from mileage and fuel level to engine speed, GPS information, crash notifications and more. Telematics data is collected by manufacturers and most of them consider this information their property. The Massachusetts authorities considered this a limitation of the rights of independent auto repair shops, and more than 75 percent of residents agreed with them. The amendments are effective from model year 2022.
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