QUESTION 1: What a "no" vote will do
QUESTION 1: AVAILABILITY OF MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR INFORMATION
A NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws.
ARGUMENT AGAINST QUESTION 1:
Automakers already make repair information and tools available for purchase by anyone as a result of a 2002 national agreement. Repair shops oppose this measure because the current system works.
This measure would negatively alter how repair information is provided and mandate the redesign of all cars, trucks, 18-wheelers, public transit and school buses, fire engines, ambulances, motorcycles and RVs. It would require the use of 15-year-old, outdated technology. Worse, this backward redesign – which adds to sticker price – must occur by January 2, 2014 or vehicles cannot be sold in Massachusetts.
This measure could lead to the release of sensitive personal information, make vehicle hacking easier, and threaten safety and fuel efficiency innovation. Increased safety threats – including theft – are why law enforcement opposes the measure.
Nothing in the measure requires any supposed savings to be passed on to consumers.
A “no” vote protects consumer safety and ensures vehicle choice.