This year, Vermont has a few chances to protect our right to repair everything we own!
Farmers are do-it-yourself people—but increasingly, farm equipment gets in their way, locking simple repairs behind software that only dealers can access. Vermont has a $201 million agricultural industry. But when equipment breaks down on those farms, farmers are often stuck with long, expensive wait times, while crops rot in their fields. The average farm equipment dealer in Vermont serves 400,000 acres of farmland across 2267 farms. H.81 would give farmers back the access to their own equipment. They need to be able to get the documentation and tools it takes to get their tractors up and running again.
We face a lot of the same troubles with trying to fix our digital stuff: Smartphone and laptop manufacturers lock repair behind their closed manufacturer doors and block competition from independent repair shops. This makes repair more expensive and more difficult to access for everyone. H.79 and S.46 would grant owners of digital products—basically everything electronic except motor vehicles and medical equipment—the right to access the parts, tools, and documentation they need to fix things.
Your legislators need to hear from you about why repair matters. Tell them how a lack of repair access hurts you or your business. There are two ways to get in touch: Call and write. We’ll make it easy and track down your legislators’ contact information for you.
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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 Vermont!