A right-to-repair bill for agricultural equipment has been introduced in Congress.
Democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester introduced the “Agriculture Right to Repair Act,” which will ensure farmers have the ability to repair their own equipment, according to a press release. The bill requires OEMs to make available certain documentation, parts, software and tools to fix the electronic components of ag equipment.
Right-to-repair advocates see the passage of repair legislation for tractors and other farm equipment as potentially paving the way for right-to-repair laws for consumer electronics.
“There are no good reasons for preventing equipment owners from fixing their purchases – only bad excuses wrapped in the pretense of making farmers safer and more secure while creating unfair and deceptive repair monopolies that only benefit the manufacturer,” Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of The Repair Association, stated in the release from Tester’s office.
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