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Massachusetts to Enforce Right to Repair Law in June

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Massachusetts' Attorney General Andrea Campbell announced plans to enforce the state's expanded “right to repair” law, which was passed overwhelmingly by Massachusetts voters in 2020, starting on June 1, 2023. Right to repair has been on hold in Massachusetts for over two years as the result of a decision by the state’s former Attorney General to delay enforcement of the law pending a federal lawsuit from automakers, where U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock has delayed ruling on the matter six times.

The right to repair law will take effect in June as a result of Attorney General Campbell filing a “notice of intent to terminate non-enforcement stipulation” of the law, which expands the categories of information that automakers are required to make available to independent repair shops, including telematic data, which is wirelessly transmitted from the vehicle to the manufacturer. The 2020 law requires automakers selling vehicles in Massachusetts to equip 2022 and newer vehicles that use telematics systems with a standardized, open-access data platform. The law also provides vehicle owners and their independent repair shops of their choice with access to real-time telematic information, such as crash notifications, remote diagnostics, and navigation.

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