Is Right-to-Repair Order a Sleeper Issue for the Construction Industry?

The aim of the right-to-repair order was to allow owners to self-repair personal electronic devices, automobiles and machines. Farmers would benefit from the opportunity to repair the heavy machinery they own, and by extension so would construction equipment owners. The order has met with some opposition from equipment manufacturers and distributors. Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois introduced the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act. Similar to Tester’s bill, it targets the automotive industry on behalf of consumers. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) maintains that its members and their dealers already work to maximize productivity and reduce downtime for machinery. “Overly-broad ‘Right-to-Repair’ legislation is not only unnecessary, it would risk the safety, durability and environmental sustainability of equipment,” according to AEM. The association believes a broad mandate applied to the equipment industry will be detrimental to both safety and environmental compliance.

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