ARA issued a statement on July 14 in response to an Executive Order signed by President Biden on July 9 that calls on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to institute rules to curb anti-competitive restrictions that limit consumers’ repair choices. The Executive order includes dozens of specific initiatives, including a requirement that the FTC undertake a rulemaking on repair and maintenance.
ARA President, Scott Robertson said:
“The ARA has been a member of the national Right to Repair Coalition for several years.” He added: “I have seen the issue gain traction in my home state of Massachusetts where a ballot initiative specific to motor vehicles passed by an overwhelming majority in November 2020. Consumers and the general public are supportive of this issue, and I am encouraged by the recognition it has received within our federal government.”
ARA has met with the FTC on multiple occasions to discuss attempts by automobile manufacturers to push ROE – Recycled Original Equipment parts out of the market with misinformation campaigns and barriers to consumer choice.
ARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock said:
“ARA will be meeting again with the FTC in the coming days to discuss their recent “Nixing the Fix, a Report to Congress” that details the anti-competitive measures facing the vehicle aftermarket.” She added: “ARA supports this Executive Order and hopes that it is a positive indication of things to come that will address right to repair issues in the motor vehicle sector.”