WASHINGTON (June 13, 2001)—The Environmental Protection Agency wants to require vehicle manufacturers to make emissions-related service and training information available on the World Wide Web, and also to give onboard diagnostic technical information to whomever wants it, including independent auto repairers.
The EPA plans a hearing on the proposal July 25 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and has given interested parties until Aug. 7 to file comments.
Spokesmen for independent auto repairers are pleased with the agency's proposed rule. “Everyone in the automotive aftermarket has worked for years to get this,” said Roy E. Littlefield III, government relations director of the International Tire & Rubber Association. “People who are in auto repair have a very hard time getting this information.”