of the fight-the-tides dept
By the end of 2020, Massachusetts lawmakers (with overwhelming public support) have a extension of the state’s “right to restitution” law. The original law was the first in the country to be approved in 2013. The update has dramatically improved it, requiring all new telematics-equipped vehicles to be accessible from this year onwards via a standardized, transparent platform that enables owners and third-party repairs. stores to access vehicle data via a mobile device. The goal: reduce repair monopolies, and make it cheaper and easier to have your vehicle repaired.
Of course, major automakers did not like this, so they began demonizing the law with false claims and a $ 26 million advertising campaign, including one ad falsely claims the expansion will help sexual predators. Once the law passed (again, with the overwhelming support of voters), car manufacturers sued to stop it, which delayed its implementation. The same coalition of car manufacturers (GM, Ford, Honda, Hyundai) pushes new legislation that will delay implementation even further – until 2025:
“The results of the lawsuit are still pending and automakers continue to fight. On Monday, Massachusetts’ Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensing heard that automakers support proposals that would delay the implementation of the law until 2025.” After spending only $ 26 million has to be thunderously defeated at the ballot box, the big car manufacturers and dealers still do not get it, “said Tommy Hickey, director of Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition, in a statement.
As with Apple, John Deere, and others, the claim that does absolutely anything about their efforts to monopolize recovery (whether it’s DRM, or making manuals and tools difficult, or suing independent repair shops) erodes public health and safety. Apple, you will recall, opposed a state law on restoration law in Nebraska by claiming that it was the state in a “mecca for hackers. ”
But it remains an uphill climb for the industry. Unpleasant and costly recovery restrictions are extremely unpopular, and attempts to do something through legislation are overwhelmingly popular. More than 75% of Massachusetts voters supported the state’s expansion of the law. And the more these companies tend to fight back against the attempts at cunning and misleading claims and advertising campaigns, the more the public tends to become aware of (and ultimately support) these initiatives.
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