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USA: Bill to aid independent vehicle repairers gains support

By just-auto.com editorial team | 23 September 2005

Nine new legislators have added to congressional support for a Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

The proposed legislation currently has 50 co-sponsors in the US House of Representatives.

The "Right to Repair Act" would require car companies to make the same service information and tools capabilities available to independents that they provide their franchised dealer networks.

Architects of the proposed act added new language this year to clarify that car company trade secrets are protected unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealer. The new language also clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission in enforcing the bill's requirements.