Independent Maine Auto Repair Shops Pursuing Right-To-Repair Referendum

Maine Auto Repair Shops Pursue Right-To-Repair Referendum

The repair shops say the industry's grip on newer, advanced technology threatens consumers' right to choose.

A recent article published by the Press Herald, reported that a group of independent repair shops in Maine, along with their employees and other supporters have filed an application with the Secretary of State’s Office seeking a statewide referendum in 2023 that would protect their right to repair new cars and trucks.

According to the article authored by Dennis Hoey, “The Maine Right to Repair Coalition contends that more than 90 percent of new cars are equipped to wirelessly transmit real-time diagnostic and repair information only to vehicle manufacturers. Right to Repair advocates say this practice threatens consumers’ right to choose to get their cars fixed at an independent repair shop or to even do the work themselves.”

The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that supporters of the Right to Repair Coalition filed paperwork, including proposed legislation, on Wednesday, the article noted.

To read the full article in the Press Herald, click here.

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