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Sunday, 28 January 2007 19:30

Right to Repair Act narrowly prevails in first committee vote

"Despite the attempts by the car companies and their car dealerships to kill "The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, HR 2048," motoring consumers and the independent auto repair industry won the first round in a 14 to 13 vote in the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection," stated David Parde, president, the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE). 

HR 2048 seeks to have the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responsible for service information in the automotive repair industry.

"False arguments and innuendoes have been hurled by the car companies against the independent repair industry since the initial introduction of The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act," continued Parde. "Accusations that the automotive aftermarket would make parts in China, hurt jobs in America, steal intellectual property and other non-truths were circulated by the car companies to scare many representatives from supporting HR 2048.

"However, many stuck with America's motoring consumers and cast their vote in favor of consumers owning their own auto repair information and protecting consumers' rights. Those who voted to keep America's consumers driving deserve consumers' gratitude for withstanding the pressure from the car companies.

"The Right to Repair Act" was reintroduced in May 2005, by U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Motoring consumers nationwide and throughout Texas owe Chairman Barton a debt of gratitude for literally fighting to protect motorists' rights," Parde.stated.

Opposition

Charles G. Gorman, chairman, National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) testified that NASTF sees progress being made by this voluntary automotive industry organization. Ron Pyle, president of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), serves on the NASTF executive committee.

ASA opposes H.R. 2048. Please visit www.TakingTheHill.com, to send a letter asking your congressman to oppose HR 2048.

"The next stop for 'The Right to Repair Act' is the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. A date has not yet been scheduled, but motoring consumers and the automotive aftermarket are prepared to fight on until HR 2048 becomes law," concluded Parde.

 

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