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Congratulations to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada (HDAC) on its Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Access to Heavy-Duty Vehicle Service and Repair Information

[caption id="attachment_2944" align="alignnone" width="474"](From left to right) Ian Johnston, President of HDAC and Harman HVS; Dave Scheer, President of Inland Truck Parts; Marc Karon, CVSN Right to Repair Chairman and President of Total Trucks Parts; and, Dave Willis, President of CVSN and CRW Parts (From left to right) Ian Johnston, President of HDAC and Harman HVS; Dave Scheer, President of Inland Truck Parts; Marc Karon, CVSN Right to Repair Chairman and President of Total Trucks Parts; and, Dave Willis, President of CVSN and CRW Parts[/caption]

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada wishes to congratulate Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada (HDAC), the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), together with the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) and the Auto Care Association (AutoCare) on today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on access to heavy-duty vehicle service and repair information. The landmark MOU addresses the availability of service and repair information for Model Year 2010 and later trucks and buses over 5 tonnes sold in Canada and the United States.

The MOU will ensure that heavy-duty vehicle owners and independent repair facilities have access to the original equipment vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) controlled service information, tools, and parts that they need to safely and properly repair commercial vehicles. The MOU also memorializes the current industry practice of providing diagnostic tool information to third-party aftermarket tool manufacturers, thus providing owners with service options when maintaining or repairing their vehicles.

Similar to the Canadian Right-to-Repair agreement for consumer vehicles spearheaded by AIA Canada in 2009 entitled Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS), under the terms of the MOU, the participating industry associations will work together to monitor the exchange of service information and address any information access issues with the goal of helping to ensure that vehicles are properly and safely maintained with the correct parts and tools.

Long-time Right-to-Repair supporter Brian Masse (NDP Windsor-West) was pleased to hear of the MOU and stated, “We applaud the heavy duty vehicle makers and all those involved for resolving this matter in a fair and timely manner to avoid the need for the introduction of any new Canadian Legislation, which would otherwise have mandated Right-to-Repair access for the heavy duty market. The MOU now allows for the industry leaders to effectively direct its own course of action.”

AIA Canada would like to thank Mr. Brian Masse and retiring MPs Leon Benoit and Frank Valeriote for their long-standing support of AIA Canada’s and HDAC’s Right-to-Repair initiatives. Their support was instrumental in moving the issue forward for both associations.

Thank you, as well, to the staff at HDAC who worked diligently for the last two and a half years meeting regularly with various industry leaders and with federally elected Members of Parliament as well as staff at Industry Canada to ensure government support for the industry’s push for a Right-to-Repair agreement.

Congratulations once again to HDAC, its members and staff on a job well done!