24 Jun, 2024

Québec National Assembly proposes ‘right to repair’ bill

In its own “right to repair” campaign, similar to the debate spreading across the US, a bill has been proposed in the Québec National Assembly to not only protect the automotive right to repair but also promote durability and prevent “programmed obsolescence” of vehicles and goods.

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) joined the Auto Care Association (ACA) and other aftermarket groups earlier this year to launch a “critical global right to repair movement” for access to in-vehicle telematics. The groups argue that OEMs are prohibiting their access to and limiting consumers’ choice to have their vehicles repaired at independent shops.

On Thursday, AIA Canada said, “This piece of legislation will enshrine the increasingly threatened right of Quebecers to have their vehicle serviced and repaired by the shop or garage of their choice, in addition to positioning Québec as a leader domestically and internationally in the fight against planned obsolescence and the right to repair motor vehicles.

“By recognizing that driving data produced by vehicles is the property of their driver, and by allowing the driver to consent to the data being passed on to a third party, such as a repair shop or an independent garage, the

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History Repeats Itself As Automakers Strike Deal With Independent Repair Facilities To Provide Access to Telematics Data

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade association representing US automakers and other manufacturers, announced on July 11, 2023 that it had entered into an agreement with trade associations representing independent repair facilities affirming the continued vitality of a 2014 agreement on automotive right-to- repair issues and declaring that “independent repair facilities shall have access to the same diagnostic and repair information that auto manufacturers make available to authorized dealer networks.”

In the original 2014 Memorandum of Understanding, automakers agreed to make repair tools and information available for vehicles available to the aftermarket on fair and reasonable terms, and committed to equip vehicles commencing in model year 2018 with a non-proprietary onboard diagnostic interface to provide access to vehicle diagnostic and repair information systems. The recently-announced 2023 Automotive Repair Data Sharing Commitment reaffirms this commitment, and prohibits OEMs from using telematics systems to “circumvent” the aftermarket access that was promised in the 2014 MOU. If specific telematic diagnostic and repair data is needed to complete a repair, and also provided to an OEM’s authorized dealers, the manufacturer must make the same information available to vehicle owners and independent repair facilities “if it is not otherwise available through a tool or

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