Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has written a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, in support of H.R. 6394, the “Preventing Auto Recycling Theft Act” (PART Act), a bill to prevent the theft of catalytic converters from motor vehicles.
Over the last two years, ARA has been working with legislators, regulators, law enforcement, industry stakeholders, and state affiliates on providing effective solutions to deter catalytic converter theft. Professional automotive recyclers have been primary targets for catalytic converter theft groups because automotive recyclers are the largest collective owners of total loss/end-of-life motor vehicles. Automotive recyclers are some of the most impacted victims of catalytic converter theft for the following reasons:
- catalytic converter thieves are endangering employees of automotive recyclers;
- criminal groups are breaking into automotive recycling facilities to steal catalytic converters;
- automotive recyclers are valuating vehicles and paying for vehicles with the expectation that catalytic converters will be on the vehicle – only to discover they are missing upon acquisition, and
- the sheer volume of stolen catalytic converters being stolen is contributing to lower prices paid for legitimately obtained catalytic converters. Automotive recyclers do not generally purchase detached catalytic converters but purchase entire vehicles with the catalytic converters still attached.
ARA has been working on behalf of the professional automotive recycling industry to help combat catalytic converter theft and is deeply committed to assisting law enforcement and policymakers on implementing effective solutions to deter theft.
Therefore, ARA has been recognized by policymakers and other industries as being an expert on the issue and is a leader in fighting catalytic converter theft through effective policy. Along with being invited to speak as an expert on the issue to other industries, ARA has been recognized as a critical player by U.S. Senator Klobuchar, National Auto Dealers Association (NADA), National Independent Auto Dealers Association (NIADA), the NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), American Truck Dealers (ATD), American Trucking Associations (ATA), National Consumers League (NCL), American Car Rental Association (ACRA), National Salvage Reporting Program (NSVRP), and more.
To read the letter, CLICK HERE