The Engine Repower Council on Monday, Aug. 23, announced its support for the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act, which requires that car companies provide full access at a reasonable cost to all service information, tools and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. The legislation also provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets, only requiring them to make available the same diagnostic and repair information they provide their franchised dealers to the independent vehicle repair market.
The Senate version of the bill (S. 3181) recently was introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and has four co-sponsors. The House version (H.R. 2057) was introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and George Miller (D-Calif.,) and currently has 69 co-sponsors.
“Engine repowering extends the life of a vehicle and is good for the environment and the pocketbook,” says Ken Carter, chairman of the Engine Repower Council. “The Right to Repair Act ensures a competitive automotive repair industry where car owners, not car companies, can decide who repowers or repairs their vehicles.”