As a mechanic, I believe this is a critically important issue. The right to repair is a basic freedom that has been whittled away.
Without a right to repair their own equipment, farmers and ranchers are effectively locked into costly lifetime contracts with manufacturers. Industry MOUs (like the John Deere agreement) fall far short of true right-to-repair.
The same is true of personal electronics. Multi-nationals have shut independent repair shops and consumers completely out of the repair market. This forces consumers to hugely overpay for repairs or to junk perfectly fixable electronics.
Finally: we can’t allow the independent auto shop to go extinct. “Proprietary” electronics in vehicles make repairs impossible for drivers and independent shops, driving up repair prices. The federal Department of Transportation has shut down state-level Right to Repair. Congress must act.
Right to Repair is a bipartisan issue with the support of 84% of Americans. Sadly, opposition from those cashing industry campaign checks has kept us from moving forward. As an independent, I can bring together a bipartisan coalition for Right to Repair.