WASHINGTON (June 29, 2005) — The pros and cons of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act were debated once again before a House Small Business subcommittee.
Dennis Houska, a Fort Collins, Colo., auto repairer representing the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, said the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF)—the organization created by the September 2002 repair information-sharing agreement made between the Automotive Service Association and major auto makers—doesn't ensure timely or reasonably priced repair information. “I have had technicians attempt to navigate that site, and it takes so long with no results, we end up having to turn away that business,” Mr. Houska said.
But NASTF Chairman John Cabaniss insisted the program was working, and held that the Right to Repair Act would only create a new layer of federal bureaucracy for auto repairers.
In written testimony, Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), said it made no sense for auto makers to oppose legislation that turns what they already swore to do into federal law. “The fact that these manufacturers oppose this legislation causes TIA to question their commitment to the agreement and forces us to keep supporting the legislation,” he said.