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File #: Res 0844-2015    Version: * Name: Transfer of motor vehicles as scrap. ( A.8186-A/S.5886-A)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 9/17/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.8186-A/S.5886-A, an act to amend the General Business Law and the Vehicle and Traffic Law, in relation to the transfer of motor vehicles as scrap.
Sponsors: Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Vincent J. Gentile
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. September 17, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/17/2015*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/17/2015*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 844

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.8186-A/S.5886-A, an act to amend the General Business Law and the Vehicle and Traffic Law, in relation to the transfer of motor vehicles as scrap.

 

By Council Members Espinal and Gentile

 

                     Whereas, Auto theft, once rampant in the City of New York, is now less frequent than it has been in decades; and

                     Whereas, In 1990, there were 2,000 auto theft occurrences for every 100,000 residents, yet in 2013, there were only 88 such thefts for the same number of residents-a 96% decline; and

                     Whereas, One of the factors that contributed to this decline is the auto industry’s introduction, during the 1990’s, of immobilizer technology, which involves microchips embedded in the vehicle’s ignition key to prevent the automobile from starting without the key; and

                     Whereas, While newer automobiles are protected by immobilizer technology, older automobiles are not, and according to reports from law enforcement and other local sources, car thieves have turned increasingly to older, unprotected vehicles; and

                     Whereas, In addition to these vehicles being easier to steal, the rising value of commodities such as scrap metal has made older, heavier vehicles an easy, lucrative target for car thieves; and

                     Whereas, An anachronism in the Vehicle and Traffic Law further facilitates the sale of these stolen vehicles as scrap metal; and

                     Whereas, In an effort to eliminate the blight of abandoned automobiles and facilitate sale to vehicle dismantlers and scrap processors, the law allows the use of a substitute ownership document, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles Form MV-35, in place of the title for purposes of transferring ownership if an automobile is eight years or older and has with a fair market value of $1,250 or less; and  

Whereas, According a recent IHS Inc. automotive study, the average age of automobiles in America stands at an all-time high of 11.4 years and is expected to increase; and

Whereas, According to police and local reports, there have been many instances of stolen vehicles sold as scrap by unauthorized sellers using the MV-35; and

Whereas, A.8186-A/S.5886-A would amend the use of substitute ownership documents for the sale of vehicles as scrap by increasing the age of qualifying vehicles from eight years to twelve; and

Whereas, The bill would also increase the required retention of records of such transactions from three years to five, as well as require the exclusive use of government issued identification by the seller; and

Whereas, A.8186-A/S.5886-A addresses the increasing longevity of modern automobiles and the appropriate use of substitute ownership documents for the sale of these vehicles as scrap; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.8186-A/S.5886-A, an act to amend the General Business Law and the Vehicle and Traffic Law, in relation to the transfer of motor vehicles as scrap.

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