In favor of granting auto owners and their chosen independent repair shops access to vehicle diagnostic tools and data required for routine maintenance, more than eighty percent of Mainers cast “yes” votes on the ballot question. The Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 906) was established by congressional efforts, which led to the Maine vote.
While Maine’s efforts represent a positive development for the larger auto Right-to-Repair movement, Justin Rzepka, Executive Director of the CAR Coalition, stressed that more work is required to strengthen vehicle repair protections for motorists nationwide:
“The overwhelming support for Question 4 among Maine voters adds to the growing national push for right-to-repair protections.” “The CAR Coalition will continue this important fight at the federal level with bipartisan bills like the SMART and REPAIR Acts to ensure that every American, regardless of where they live, has the right to repair their car,” he said.
Rep. Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee members recently voted overwhelmingly to refer the bipartisan REPAIR Act to the full committee for review. The action came after a White House gathering where important administration figures and business representatives, including Allstate Insurance, a member of the CAR Coalition, spoke about the necessity of federal repair safeguards like the bipartisan Save Money on Auto Repair Transportation (SMART) Act (H.R. 1707) and the REPAIR Act.