Massachusetts Question 1: Right to Repair ballot initiative will determine who can access car mechanical data

Posted Sep 26, 2020 By Steph Solis | ssolis@masslive.com For the second time in under a decade, Massachusetts voters face a question on the ballot about who can access their vehicle data. Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure in 2012 to require automakers to let independent auto shops access diagnostic information. Those mechanics, bolstered by trade … Continue reading Massachusetts Question 1: Right to Repair ballot initiative will determine who can access car mechanical data

Why I am voting Yes on Question #1

Massachusetts was the first state to enact the “Right to Repair” measure.. 86% of the voters voted for the law.  If this present measure passes, we will be in a similar position to California, which was the first state to mandate emission standards for new cars, and Massachusetts will be the first state to mandate … Continue reading Why I am voting Yes on Question #1

Boston Globe Editorial with link to Tufts article

By Matt Stout Globe Staff,Updated October 14, 2020, 12:01 a.m. 54 Question 1 on the November Ballot seeks to expand the state’s Right to Repair law. Above, a “yes” ad (on top) and a “no” ad. A ballot question that would expand the state’s so-called Right to Repair law is unlikely to produce immediate, widescale benefits … Continue reading Boston Globe Editorial with link to Tufts article

Viewpoint of the National. Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)

*  “As this testimony will further elaborate, it is our view that the terms of the ballot initiative would prohibit manufacturers from complying with both existing Federal guidance and cybersecurity hygiene best practices. NHTSA is also concerned about the increased safety-related cybersecurity risks of a requirement for remote, real-time, bi-directional (i.e., read/write capability) access to … Continue reading Viewpoint of the National. Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Reform is a rough slog

  The videotapes of the murder of George Floyd has changed the world. It was diabolic, the deliberate way with which Derek Chauvin knelt on George’s throat, and kept it there, ignoring the suggestion from one, and maybe both of the rookies that he should turn George on his side.  Just saying that took a lot … Continue reading Reform is a rough slog