Both Sides Pleased With ‘Right To Repair’ Compromise

August 1, 2012 12:00 AM
Both Sides Pleased With ‘Right To Repair’ Compromise
" BOSTON (AP) — Backers of automotive repair legislation approved in the waning hours of the legislative session say it could serve as a model for a national policy.

The bill was approved Tuesday by the Massachusetts House and Senate after a compromise was struck between automakers, dealers, and advocates for a requirement that car manufacturers make available to independent mechanics all repair codes and other diagnostic information.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Laurie Kirby reports

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The legislation included some key concessions to automakers that were not part of a ballot question that will go before Massachusetts voters in November. The industry would be given until 2018 to satisfy a mandate that all new cars sold in the state include an onboard diagnostic and repair information system that can easily be accessed with any typical laptop computer.

The ballot question called for a similar requirement in new cars as of 2015 "

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