MASSE IN THE NEWS: Industry, others support NDP auto repair bill

PUBLICATION: The North Bay Nugget
DATE: 2009.02.12
EDITION: Final
SECTION: News
PAGE: A10
BYLINE: THE CANADIAN PRESS
DUPLICATES: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

Industry, others support NDP auto repair bill

Car mechanics, the auto association and Pollution Probe are backing an NDP private member's bill which would provide greater access to auto-repair technology.

The bill, introduced by Windsor, Ont., MP Brian Masse, aims to make it easier for auto-repair shops to obtain the tools and technology needed to work on modern, computerized vehicles.

Mechanics sometimes find they can't access diagnostic codes in auto computers and customers have to go to dealerships for repairs.

Masse's right-to-repair" legislation would allow them greater access to the necessary computer programs and tools, while still offering protection for manufacturing secrets.

Pollution Probe supports the bill because easy maintenance helps control auto emissions.

The Canadian Automobile Association is on side because it says the bill offers more competition for consumers. Masse says his legislation covers a number of key areas.

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