Recently, small advocacy groups in several states have been promoting what is commonly known as “Right to Repair” legislation. These groups argue that state Right to Repair legislation will lead to increased competition and decreased prices for consumers.
At EDA we recognize that the Right to Repair legislation is an issue that could have significant impact on dealers across the United States and Canada. Our position on this legislation states:
- EDA Supports legislation which protects consumers.
- EDA opposes legislation which allows the widespread release of proprietary equipment repair information to unqualified persons or entities which are not subject to uniform standards including training, safety, engineering and environmental.
- Such legislation could facilitate conduct which would put equipment operators and third parties at risk and put dealerships who invest in training, safety and liability coverage at an unfair disadvantage.
Natalie Higgins, EDA VP of Government Relations, chairs an industry working group on right to repair legislation, which includes participants from regional dealer associations, OEMs, nongovernment agencies, and like-minded trade associations. For more information, contact Natalie at email@example.com or 636.349.6206.
RIGHT-TO REPAIR DEALER RESOURCES:
Fact vs. Fiction on “Right to Repair” Flyer helps set the record straight on the misconceptions and risks with the Right to Repair legislation.
Right to Repair Flyer that helps outline repair information that is available to consumers. A great resource for consumer education and customer mailings.
WEBINAR: Understanding the Implications of the Right to Repair Legislation – On October 13, 2016, Will Rogers Director of Government Relations for the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, Bernie Barnard, AEM’s Manager of Technical and Safety Services and Natalie Higgins, EDA’s VP of Government Relations and General Counsel, co-hosted a webinar to discuss the implications of the “right to repair” movement and how this type of legislation, if enacted, could impact equipment dealers across the United States.