Montana had two chances this year to protect our right to repair everything we own: A wheelchair bill, and an agricultural bill.
HB 195 would have granted individuals and independent repair shops the right to fix powered wheelchairs. It’s time for wheelchair users to get the right to repair their own transportation. According to a PIRG report last year, 93% of wheelchair users have had to had their chairs serviced in the last year, and 40% say that it took 7 or more weeks to get repair. For people who rely on their wheelchairs to get around, that’s an awful wait.
Farmers don’t like waiting around for dealer repair people, either—when farmers can fix broken equipment themselves, they do. LC 1562 would have made sure that farmers and independent repair shops can complete repairs on Montana farm equipment.
Unfortunately, both of these bills were voted down in committee.
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Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.
Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.
Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.
It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Montana!