For residents of Massachusetts, there is a new "Right to Repair Law", an initiative that all voters and motorists should be aware of. That said, the following is an explanation of the "Right to Repair Law" as well as the arguments for and against it.
What is the "Right to Repair Law"?
In short, the proposed "Right to Repair Law" would make it mandatory for motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities to be provided with access to mechanical data in relation to the maintenance and repair of the vehicles. Moreover, the law states that vehicle owners with telematics systems would be able to access the mechanical data via a mobile device application. This would enable independent repair facilities to access the data, send commands, repair vehicles, perform general maintenance, and do diagnostic testing.
A "yes" vote for the "Right to Repair Law" means that you support mandating that manufacturers who sell vehicles with telematics systems in Massachusetts include standard open data platforms. This means that beginning with cars with the model year of 2022 and beyond, car owners and independent repair facilities would be able to access the mechanical data for the purpose of repairs and maintenance.
On the other hand, a "no" vote for the "Right to Repair Law" means that you oppose mandating that manufacturers who sell vehicles with telematics systems, would not be required to include the standard open data platforms that would allow independent car repair companies and car owners to access the mechanical data. This means car owners and independent repair facilities could only access mechanical and diagnostic data from a personal computer.
No matter which side you take, be sure to do your research and prepare to vote "yes" or "no" on this law. The results of this proposed law will undoubtedly affect car owners and independent repair facilities alike.