Massachusetts truckers' 'Right to Repair' option in jeopardy

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 7/16/2013

Massachusetts lawmakers could soon give large trucks the boot from inclusion under the state’s “Right to Repair” law.

A year ago, state lawmakers adopted a rule to require vehicle manufacturers to provide consumers and independent repair shops with access to the diagnostic and repair information made available to dealers and the state’s authorized repair facilities. The 2012 law didn’t include large truck makers in the requirement.

However, during the November election Massachusetts voters adopted Question 1 on the statewide ballot. The ballot question included large truck makers in the Right to Repair law.

Because the ballot question took precedence over the legislation approved last summer, state lawmakers are revisiting the issue in an effort to give truckers the heave-ho.

The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is scheduled to review multiple Right to Repair bills on July 23. All three bills on their agenda would remove large trucks from inclusion.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association encourages Massachusetts truck drivers to ask members of the committee to make sure that trucks are included in Right to Repair.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said that lawmakers need to know that truckers should have the opportunity to have repairs done without hassle.

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