Since the recent landmark passage of Right to Repair legislation
in Massachusetts, I have been asked why heavy duty vehicles were excluded.
Well, it wasn't an easy decision, especially due to AAIA’s historic
support for heavy duty independent service providers to have full access to
service information and tools for heavy duty vehicles.
Back in the late 1990s, AAIA successfully obtained passage of
requirements that heavy duty engine manufacturers share all emissions-related
information and tools with independents. This mandate will take effect once
on-board diagnostic requirements, promulgated by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, expand from light
duty vehicles to include heavy duty vehicles beginning in 2013. The bottom line
is that due to these efforts, as early as next year, those companies servicing
heavy duty vehicles will enjoy the same benefits as light duty shops in
obtaining access to emissions-related information and tools.
While we had originally hoped that heavy duty vehicles also
would be included in the Massachusetts legislation, it became clear as we moved
closer to an agreement with the car companies that the model of information and
software sharing we were developing would need to be different for heavy duty
vehicles. And while legislators had been well educated on issues involving
light vehicles, they were resistant to delve into the heavy duty industry which
threatened to slow down or halt the momentum we had built.
So we decided to remove heavy duty vehicles from the Right to
Repair bill. But let me assure everyone that we are extremely concerned about
the absence of information and tools to repair heavy duty vehicles, and we are
working to ensure that the law will extend to the heavy duty industry either
through an agreement with the engine manufacturers or through passage of a new