Masse Demands Canadian Auto Consumer’s “Right to Repair” their vehicles


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2008

Masse Demands Canadian Auto Consumer’s “Right to Repair” their vehicles
Advocating legislation to ensure choice and fair competition continues in the auto service sector

Edmonton, AB- “Canadian Auto Consumers deserve choice and competition when it comes to repair and maintenance of their vehicles,” declared Brian Masse, Member of Parliament (Windsor West) and NDP Transport, Automotive, and Border Critic, at a press conference held at Namao Automotive this morning where he was joined by Roger Suranyi and other members of the auto aftermarket industry to advocate for his Private Member’s Bill C-425 to ensure consumers’ “Right to Repair”

On board diagnostic capabilities (OBD II) were introduced by automobile industry in 1998 and are contained on approximately 59 % of the 18.4 million vehicles on the road in Canada. As cars and trucks become more advanced, the use of these computer control units is essential for the proper maintenance of emissions, safety standards, and operations. The tools and software required for repair are increasingly complex, thus creating a need for accurate disclosure and fair access to these technologies. Difficulty in obtaining this information and equipment has created significant consumer concern.

“The CAA represents 5 million motorists across the country. Our main concern on the “Right to Repair” issue is to make sure that automobile owners get the best possible service at a fair price. This bill will benefit the consumer by allowing for increased competition and consumer choice,“ explained a representative from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) who endorsed the bill when it was introduced but was not at the press conference. The bill contains provisions that balance the need to protect proprietary information while at the same time creating a mechanism to keep robust competition in the auto service sector.

The Executive Director of Pollution Probe, Ken Ogilvie in a letter of support when the bill was introduced wrote, “Pollution Probe supports the “Right to Repair” Act presented by Brian Masse, M. P. Minimizing emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from vehicles into the environment is a responsibility shared by government, automakers, and drivers. It is important that drivers have effective access to required vehicle maintenance and service in this regard.”

Roger Suranyi, President of Namao Automotive stated, “The Canadian auto repair industry has always had vigorous and widespread competition. This bill makes sure it stays that way.”

“The time has come to stand up for Canadian auto consumers. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency already does some of what this bill is trying to achieve. I hope this government, in this case, not only follows America’s lead on this issue, but takes the initiative to institute this made-in Canada solution,” Masse demanded.
Bill C-425, the “Right-to-Repair Act”, has been endorsed by the Automotive Industries Association, the CAA, Pollution Probe, and numerous other automotive and consumer organizations.
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For more information please contact: Office of Brian Masse 519-255-1631