Motorcycle Riders Foundation Declares Its Support of 'Right to Repair' Legislation
Passage of "Right to Repair" Protects Vehicle Ownership Rights
BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 31, 2007; The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has declared its support of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) and strongly urges Congress to pass the legislation in order to safeguard individual vehicle ownership rights.
The legislative intent of the Right to Repair Act is to offer protections for motor vehicle owners by making it illegal for vehicle manufacturers to withhold information necessary to diagnose, service or repair motor vehicles.
"The fact is that consumers are entitled to the right to choose how their motor vehicle is maintained or upgraded. The point of Right to Repair is not to discourage vehicle owners from using the dealership for service, but to protect the freedom of American consumers to choose how they take care of their motor vehicle, be it in their driveway or at a trusted repair facility," said Jeff Hennie, vice president of government relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
"We have formally committed to support the Right to Repair Act because we believe that safeguarding individual ownership rights is an absolute must. Access to accurate information when it comes to the repair or upkeep of a vehicle is essential to the safety and well being of the entire American motoring public," continued Hennie.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation encourages its members and all motorists to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their congressional representatives, urging them to support the Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) by adding their names to the growing list of co-sponsors.
About the Motorcycle Riders Foundation:
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. As the first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, MRF is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. For more information, visit www.mrf.org.
About Right to Repair:
The Right to Repair Act, which was introduced by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), would require vehicle manufacturers to make the same service information and tools capabilities available to vehicle owners and their independent repair shops that they provide their to their franchised dealer networks. The legislation further provides vehicle manufacturers with strong protections for their trade secrets unless that information is provided to their franchised dealers. The bill clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission in enforcing the bill's requirements. For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.RightToRepair.org.