Boston (August 22, 2023) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reversing course and allowing enforcement of Massachusetts’ pro-consumer Right to Repair law:

“The federal government has heeded our call and clarified that Massachusetts’ Right to Repair law can now be enforced. Today’s action will not only help to ease burdens and lower costs for Massachusetts drivers, but also ensure that transportation regulators continue to build on the promise of the Biden administration’s pro-competition, pro-consumer agenda. We commend the Biden White House for their collaboration with Massachusetts Attorney General Campbell’s office, and hope they will continue to work together to ensure Massachusetts car owners fully benefit from the right to take their cars to the repair shop of their choice.”

In June, Senators Markey and Warren wrote to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and NHTSA Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman sharply criticizing NHTSA’s communication to car manufacturers advising them not to comply with Massachusetts law, and urging NHTSA to reverse course immediately.