We should look for good ideas, wherever they may come from. One of the most recent comes from a referendum passed in Massachusetts this week dubbed the ‘right to repair’ law. It’s a victory for free markets and consumers.
The law, simply put, requires that new vehicles be made with common, standard electronic data systems that can be accessed by anyone with the proper equipment. Previously, car manufacturers had installed proprietary systems to access data on cars that would require an owner needing service to go to a dealership for certain types of repairs. Now, people will be able to go to independent garages or possibly even do the repairs themselves since they will now have access to data that previously manufacturers made sure only their own dealerships could access.
That’s free market economics and when consumers have choices, they win.