Maine Legislative Effort to Undo Right to Repair Law Fails

May 14, 2024

by Seth Maiman
AGSC Director of Public Affairs

An effort in the Maine Legislature to undo parts of the voter-passed Right to Repair law has failed.

In November 2023, Maine voters passed a Right to Repair law with 84% approval via ballot initiative. The Maine law, which became effective in January 2024, is similar to one passed a few years ago in neighboring Massachusetts. It requires manufacturers to equip vehicles with an interactive telematics system. The Maine Attorney General was assigned to create an independent entity to oversee access to vehicle-generated data and put certain requirements on manufacturers to release diagnostic repair tools, parts, software, and components for previous model years, differentiating between pre-2002, 2002-2017, and 2018 to present. The system is to be in place by the start of 2025.

The new legislation sought to eliminate the standardized platform required of auto manufacturers that will store advanced repair data to be shared with vehicle owners and their chosen independent mechanics.

Proponents of this legislation were concerned that the platforms put consumers’ privacy and safety at risk. These arguments have been put forth by manufacturer groups in lobbying against Right to Repair legislation, attempting to defeat ballot initiatives and in litigation seeking to block implementation.

The bill would have made the information available for purchase but independents maintain that it is cost-prohibitive to buy the repair programs unique to each car manufacturer.

The bill passed the Maine House on April 9 but was rejected by the Maine Senate on April 15.

The text of the failed bill, which was titled “The Automotive Right to Repair Act” can be found HERE.

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