AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE LAWS PROTECTING AGAINST THE THEFT OF VEHICLES FOR DISASSEMBLY AND RESALE OF PARTS AND TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE THEFT OF VEHICLES. Enacted July 23, 2013. Effective December 1, 2013.
Summary date: Jul 24 2013 - More information
Summary date: Jul 10 2013 - More information
Senate amendment makes the following change to the 4th edition. Clarifies that with the exception of Sections 1 and 2 of this act, the remainder of this bill is effective when it becomes law.
Summary date: Jun 17 2013 - More information
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends GS 20-62.1, regarding recordkeeping for vehicles purchased for scrap or parts, topermit a secondary metals recycler or salvage yard to purchase a motor vehicle 10 model years or older without a certificate of title providing that the metals recycler or salvage yard, among other requirements, maintains a record on a form, or in a format, as approved by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), of all purchase transactions of motor vehicles. Provides that among the required information to be submittedis a written statement certifying that the motor vehicle is at least 10 model years old (was, 12). Makes a conforming change.
Summary date: May 13 2013 - More information
House amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Provides that a secondary metals recycler or salvage yard may purchase a motor vehicle without a certificate of title if the motor vehicle is 10 (was 12) model years old or older and the secondary metals recycler or salvage yard complies with specified requirements.
Summary date: May 8 2013 - More information
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 20-62.1 as follows. Allows a secondary metals recycler or salvage yard to purchase a motor vehicle without a certificate of title if the vehicle is 12 (was, 20) model years old or older and they comply with specified requirements. Amends those requirements as follows. Requires the record of purchase transactions also include the following: contact information of the secondary metals recycler of salvage yard; the year of the vehicle; a written statement that the motor vehicle will be scrapped or crushed for disposal or dismantled for parts only; the driver's license number of the person from whom the vehicle is purchased; and a written statement signed by the seller certifying that the the seller has the lawful right to sell and dispose of the vehicle, the vehicle is at least 12 years old, and the vehicle is not subject to any security interest or lien. Also adds that the requirement that the secondary metals recycler or salvage yard verify with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) whether the vehicle has been reported stolen, requires the DMV to develop an online method for making such a verification, and sets out actions to be taken based on whether or not the DMV says that the vehicle has been reported stolen.
Adds new (a1) requiring a secondary metals recycler or salvage yard purchasing a vehicle under the statute to submit, within 72 hours of each day's close of business, information from the records of purchase transactions to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System along with other required information.
Requires information obtained by the DMV under the statute to be made available to law enforcement agencies only. Provides that the information is confidential is not considered a public record.
Provides that any person who knowingly and willfully violates the statute or who falsifies the required seller's statement is required to pay a minimum fine of $1,000. Adds that a court may order a defendant seller to make restitution to the lien holder as well as to the secondary metals recycler or salvage yard.
Makes clarifying changes to the effective date provisions. Provides that prosecutions for offenses committed before the effective date of the act are not abated or affected by the act and the statutes that would be applicable but for the act remain applicable to those prosecutions.
Summary date: Jan 30 2013 - More information
Amends GS 14-72.7(a) (chop shop activity) to make it a Class G felony (rather than a Class H felony) to engage in any of the listed activities. Removes the requirement that the person knowingly engaged in the illegal activity, and instead makes a person guilty if the person knows or has reasonable grounds to believe there is an illegal component to the activity.
Amends GS 20-62.1(a) to permit a secondary metals recycler or salvage yard to purchase a motor vehicle 20 model years old or older (was, 10 model years old or older) without a certificate of title if certain conditions are met. Makes any violation of GS 20-62.1 (purchasing vehicles for scrap or parts) a Class I felony (currently, a first violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor and a subsequent violation is a Class I felony).
Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2013.
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