Dealers unite against R2R bills
THANK YOU DEALERS
FWEDA hosted a Dealer Day Feb. 27 at the Colorado Capital with Stotz Equipment, 21st Century Equipment, Wickham Tractor Company, 4Rivers Equipment, Wagner Equipment, American Implement and Central Plains Ag to educate lawmakers on the impact of proposed “right-to-repair” legislation.
Did CFBF Sell Out Farmers on Right to Repair?
Let’s face it. No compromise is going to be good enough for those who are demanding total access to the software that has been developed to make everything work together on today’s tractors. It’s an all or nothing deal. But you have to give the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF), which represents farmers, and Far West Equipment Dealers Assn. (FWEDA), which represents dealers, credit for trying.
In a nutshell, the CFBF and FWEDA pact says, “With the ‘right-to-repair’ agreement, equipment dealers commit to providing access to service manuals, product guides, on-board diagnostics and other information that would help a farmer or rancher to identify or repair problems with the machinery,” according to the FWEDA press release. It goes on to say, “The agreement includes restrictions. Among them: Source code for proprietary software would not be accessible, and owners would not be able to change equipment in ways that would affect compliance with safety or emissions regulations.”
Equipment Industry Advances Tools for Customers to Diagnose and Repair Machinery
The equipment industry is committed to providing the necessary tools to diagnose and repair equipment to reduce downtime and increase productivity. Machinery manufacturers and dealers have a vested interest in meeting end user needs so customers can focus on growing successful businesses.
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Agreement Aims to Speed Tractor Repairs
As farm equipment becomes more high-tech and computerized, diagnosing and fixing even simple problems often requires farmers to rely on equipment dealers' shops to do the work, resulting in longer downtimes and lost productivity.
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Nevada Equipment Dealers Oppose "Right-to-Repair"
Equipment dealers in Nevada are unified in their opposition to "Right-to-Repair" legislation which would allow for unfettered access to the software that governs on-board technology on equipment. We believe this legislation is overly-broad in scope, and unnecessary in light of the commitment our industry has made to users.
Equipment dealers sat down with Asm. Robin Titus to discuss issues affecting our industry. FWEDA members Renner Equipment Company, Smith Valley Garage, Stotz Equipment, Carter Agri Systems, Neff Livestock, Ott's Farm Equipment and APCO Equipment attended at the Nevada State Capitol.
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