BETHESDA, Md., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT) urges Congress to pass the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR1449) to ensure a competitive auto repair marketplace. The SSDA-AT membership is comprised of service station dealers and repair shops throughout the country.
"Our members overwhelmingly support the Right to Repair Act because they want to be able to compete fairly now and in the future. They are not seeking an unfair advantage, nor are they looking for access to the proprietary information protected by the bill. They simply want equal access to relevant service and repair information from the carmakers," said Kirk McCauley, director of member relations for SSDA-AT.
The Right to Repair Act protects consumer choice and saves drivers money by requiring that automobile manufacturers share non-proprietary repair and safety information with local neighborhood automotive technicians and repair shops at a reasonable cost. The bill also provides strong protections for automobile manufacturers' proprietary information.
"We don't need to know how they build their vehicles, we just want the pertinent information needed to repair them," said McCauley. "We ask all vehicle owners to visit www.righttorepair.org and tell their U.S. Representative and each of their Senators to support the Right to Repair Act."
The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) was introduced into the 112th Congress by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Todd Russell Platts (R-PA), and has reached 51 co-sponsors. On the state level, a compromise bill unanimously passed the Massachusetts Senate after new car dealers joined independent repairers and consumers in support of Right to Repair. While car companies continue to fight efforts to pass compromise legislation on Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts secretary of state has approved Right to Repair for a place on the state's November ballot.
Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT) is a national association composed of individual and state affiliate associations representing service station dealers, repair facilities, car washes and convenience stores. For over 60 years, SSDA-AT has worked for the betterment of its members as a voice on Capitol Hill, with federal regulators, with the media, in the courts, and with suppliers. For more information, visit www.ssda-at.org.
About Right to Repair:
The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act protects motoring consumers from a growing and potentially hazardous vehicle repair monopoly by requiring that vehicle manufacturers provide full access at a reasonable cost to all non-proprietary service information, tools and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. The legislation provides car companies with strong protections for their trade secrets, only requiring them to make available the same diagnostic and repair information they provide their franchised dealers to the independent vehicle repair market. For more information, visit www.righttorepair.org and www.massrighttorepair.com.
SOURCE Right to Repair Act/Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association