Proposal heads to State Legislature, which will choose whether to pass the measure or place it on the November ballot for voters to decide
Augusta, Maine—A Maine-based coalition of auto repair shops and other supporters gathered nearly 75,000 signatures on an auto right to repair proposal, which would limit unfair vehicle data restrictions that prevent auto technicians and consumers from repairing modern cars. Now, the proposal heads to the Maine State Legislature, which will choose whether to pass the measure or place it on the November ballot for voters to decide.
As noted by the Associated Press, Maine’s milestone proposal mirrors a Massachusetts ballot initiative that 75% of voters approved in 2020.
As automakers continue to lean on vehicle data and design patent restrictions to limit aftermarket competition, auto repair shops and consumers nationwide are calling for federal change. The recently reintroduced, bipartisan Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act would safeguard vehicle data access, while legislation like the Save Money on Auto Repair Transportation (SMART) Act would increase aftermarket parts options for consumers in need of repairs.
Supporters of Maine’s proposal can call on their member of Congress to take action today.