Rep. Donald Payne Co-Sponsors “Right to Repair Act”

Rep. Donald Payne

STATE – Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ-10) has declared his support of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) by signing on a co-sponsor of the proposed legislation.

The Right to Repair Act would level the competitive playing field between new car dealerships and independent repair shops by requiring that car companies provide full access at a reasonable cost to all service information, tools, fault codes and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. The legislation provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets, only requiring them to make available the same non-proprietary diagnostic and repair information they provide their franchised dealers.

“We want to thank Rep. Payne for supporting this very important piece of pro-consumer and pro-small business legislation that ensures that American car owners will continue to have access to quality, affordable auto repair,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). “The Right to Repair Act does not cost tax payers money, but instead keeps motorists in the driver’s seat by making sure that they, and not the vehicle manufacturers, have the final say on where their car is taken for service, whether to a dealership or a trusted neighborhood repair shop.”

The Right to Repair Act was introduced into the 112th Congress by Reps. Todd Platts (R-PA) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and currently has 33 co-sponsors. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade in April.

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