OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 30, 2007) — The Oklahoma House of Representatives is considering a new bill that would levy fines against auto makers that don't provide to independent garages and do-it-yourselfers the same repair and diagnostic information they give to their franchised dealers.
The Oklahoma bill is almost identical to legislation coming close to an assembly vote in New Jersey, according to Sandy Bass-Cors, executive director of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE). The bill would fine auto makers $10,000 for the first offense and $20,000 for the second and subsequent offenses.
Similar bills have now also been introduced in Maine and Massachusetts, Ms. Bass-Cors said. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is urging its members to link to the group's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com, and write to their legislators in opposition to the bills.