New law to prevent maine catalytic converter thefts is in effect

New law to prevent maine catalytic converter thefts takes effect

There has been a huge spike in reported catalytic converter thefts over the last few years

A new law in Maine takes effect Monday designed to stop catalytic converter thefts and to strengthen the chain of custody requirements.In April, Gov. Janet Mills signed this new law after an increased number of catalytic thefts.Also in April, Portland Police said they were investigating 12 reported thefts or attempted thefts of catalytic converters.The new law includes the following rules:New and used car dealers must engrave the full VIN of a vehicle on a catalytic converter unless the vehicle is sold at wholesale, or the catalytic converter is not in a location where it is clearly visible from the underside of the vehicleRecyclers must engrave or permanently mark either the full VIN or the recycler’s license number and stock numberRecyclers removing catalytic converters for final disposal or deconstruction must mark the catalytic converter with the recycler’s license number and maintain a record of the catalytic converter and the method by which it was disposedPrivate individuals who remove an unmarked catalytic converter from a vehicle (other than temporarily for maintenance or repairs) must engrave or permanently mark the cataly tic converter with the full VINViolating most of the new law is a class E crime, but the following are class D:A recycler purchasing, selling or acquiring an unengraved or unmarked catalytic converterA person knowingly possessing an unmarked catalytic converter which has been removed from a motor vehicleDefacing or removing required markings from a catalytic converterAggravated possession or defacing are class C crimes Click here to read the full text of the new law.

A new law in Maine takes effect Monday designed to stop catalytic converter thefts and to strengthen the chain of custody requirements.

In April, Gov. Janet Mills signed this new law after an increased number of catalytic thefts.

Also in April, Portland Police said they were investigating 12 reported thefts or attempted thefts of catalytic converters.

The new law includes the following rules:

  • New and used car dealers must engrave the full VIN of a vehicle on a catalytic converter unless the vehicle is sold at wholesale, or the catalytic converter is not in a location where it is clearly visible from the underside of the vehicle
  • Recyclers must engrave or permanently mark either the full VIN or the recycler’s license number and stock number
  • Recyclers removing catalytic converters for final disposal or deconstruction must mark the catalytic converter with the recycler’s license number and maintain a record of the catalytic converter and the method by which it was disposed
  • Private individuals who remove an unmarked catalytic converter from a vehicle (other than temporarily for maintenance or repairs) must engrave or permanently mark the catalytic converter with the full VIN

Violating most of the new law is a class E crime, but the following are class D:

  • A recycler purchasing, selling or acquiring an unengraved or unmarked catalytic converter
  • A person knowingly possessing an unmarked catalytic converter which has been removed from a motor vehicle
  • Defacing or removing required markings from a catalytic converter
  • Aggravated possession or defacing are class C crimes

Click here to read the full text of the new law.

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