Governor Newsom Signs California Catalytic Converter Theft Bills

Theft of catalytic converters has increased in California.

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With the signing of two bills, Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a clear blow to the problem that catalytic converter theft has become in Californiaaccording to a statement from his office.

So much SB 1087, authored by California State Senator Lena González; such as AB 1740, authored by Assemblyman Al MuratsuchiThey require recyclers to keep detailed records and only allow used catalytic converters to be sold by pre-licensed parties.

The AB 1740 Initiative requires catalytic converter recyclers to include additional information in the written record, including the year, make, and model of the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed and a copy of the title deed for the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed.

It also prohibits recyclers buying catalytic converters from someone other than a commercial company or the rightful owner of the vehicle.

SB 1087 does not allow people to purchase a used catalytic converter from anyone other than certain specified sellers.including auto dismantlers, auto repair dealers, or someone with documentation showing they are the legal seller or owner of the catalytic converter.

Governor Newsom stated that studies have shown that the theft of catalytic converters registers a 10-fold increase since 2018a phenomenon that is not exclusive to our state.

“California is doing what we do best, and that is trying to be on the cutting edge of trying to solve this problem,” Gavin Newsom said at the signing announcement of the two bills.

The governor also mentioned that One of the fundamental causes for the problem of theft of catalytic converters is the brokers and intermediaries who acquire and subsequently offer for sale the stolen parts..

“If you take away the market for stolen goods, you can help reduce theft,” Newsom said.

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