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Summary

This proposed law would require that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair.

Starting with model year 2022, the proposed law would require manufacturers of motor vehicles sold in Massachusetts to equip any such vehicles that use telematics systems –- systems that collect and wirelessly transmit mechanical data to a remote server –- with a standardized open access data platform.
Owners of motor vehicles with telematics systems would get access to mechanical data through a mobile device application. With vehicle owner authorization, independent repair facilities (those not affiliated with a manufacturer) and independent dealerships would be able to retrieve mechanical data from, and send commands to, the vehicle for repair, maintenance, and diagnostic testing.

Under the proposed law, manufacturers would not be allowed to require authorization before owners or repair facilities could access mechanical data stored in a motor vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system, except through an authorization process standardized across all makes and models and administered
by an entity unaffiliated with the manufacturer.

The proposed law would require the Attorney General to prepare a notice for prospective motor vehicle owners and lessees explaining telematics systems and the proposed law’s requirements concerning access to the vehicle’s mechanical data. Under the proposed law, dealers would have to provide
prospective owners with, and prospective owners would have to acknowledge receipt of, the notice before buying or leasing a vehicle. Failure to comply with these notice requirements would subject motor vehicle dealers to sanctions by the applicable licensing authority.

Motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities could enforce this law through state consumer protection laws and recover civil penalties of the greater of treble damages or $10,000 per violation.

A YES VOTE would provide motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities with expanded access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data related to their vehicles’ maintenance and repair.
A NO VOTE would make no change in the law governing access to vehicles’ wirelessly transmitted mechanical data.

2020 Nov 3 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 1 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 5, 2020?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Spoiled Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
32,258
7,824
2,283
14
40,082
42,379
Precinct 1
 
967
301
107
0
1,268
1,375
Precinct 2
 
1,581
546
134
3
2,127
2,264
Precinct 3
 
1,001
353
98
2
1,354
1,454
Precinct 1
 
1,507
337
115
1
1,844
1,960
Precinct 2
 
1,812
370
114
0
2,182
2,296
Precinct 3
 
1,783
381
118
0
2,164
2,282
Precinct 1
 
1,515
354
123
1
1,869
1,993
Precinct 2
 
1,551
362
124
0
1,913
2,037
Precinct 3
 
1,842
381
127
0
2,223
2,350
Precinct 1
 
959
357
102
0
1,316
1,418
Precinct 2
 
1,250
353
95
0
1,603
1,698
Precinct 3
 
1,508
372
103
0
1,880
1,983
Precinct 1
 
1,702
411
97
1
2,113
2,211
Precinct 2
 
1,866
468
128
0
2,334
2,462
Precinct 3
 
1,872
366
100
0
2,238
2,338
Precinct 1
 
2,013
415
135
2
2,428
2,565
Precinct 2
 
1,866
369
101
0
2,235
2,336
Precinct 3
 
954
198
68
3
1,152
1,223
Precinct 1
 
1,805
378
89
0
2,183
2,272
Precinct 2
 
1,420
382
112
0
1,802
1,914
Precinct 3
 
1,484
370
93
1
1,854
1,948
Totals
 
32,258
7,824
2,283
14
40,082
42,379