Maine voters overwhelmingly passed a Right to Repair legislative initiative in the November 2023 state elections. The consumer-based initiative won with approximately 84% of the vote.
The Maine Right to Repair initiative is very similar to one approved by Massachusetts voters, also by a large margin, in 2020. The campaign was fought by the same groups that had campaigned against each other in Massachusetts.
Maine will require manufacturers to equip vehicles with an interactive telematics system. The Maine Attorney General will create an independent entity to oversee access to vehicle-generated data and puts 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 Auto Glass Safety Council supported the Maine initiative, as it had done in Massachusetts, saying that competition ensured by allowing independent shops access to vehicles’ essential information promotes safety in the auto glass services marketplace.
The Maine initiative requires motor vehicle manufacturers to standardize the vehicle on-board diagnostic systems and make those systems accessible to owners and independent repair facilities. The state’s new independent entity, created by the Maine Attorney General, will administer the accessibility of the systems by adopting standards and developing policies. Certain diagnostic tools, parts, software, and components will be required to be released and vehicles will be required to be equipped with a standard access platform allowing for exclusions if necessary for immobilizer systems or security-related modules.