UCOAR Seeks Consumer Protections in SB273

Automotive recyclers express disapproval of the amendment to SB273 adopted in yesterday's House Insurance Committee hearing.

Nov 28, 2012, 12:03 ET from United Coalition of Ohio Auto Recyclers (UCOAR)

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Coalition of Ohio Auto Recyclers (UCOAR) issued a statement of disappointment at the erosion of consumer protections in the amendment to Senate Bill 273 in yesterday's House Insurance Committee.  George Sapir, a spokesperson for UCOAR, said the following:

"Important consumer protections in Senate Bill 273 were eliminated yesterday during the House Insurance Committee meeting.  Elements that were undermined were the electronic reporting database and the reporting requirements to that database.  These measures are not only critical to curb the use of the auto salvage market to facilitate theft but also to ensure that vehicles certified for destruction are not resold to unsuspecting buyers.

"While the amendment gives the Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles enforcement authority, the end result would be meaningless.  Without the reporting requirements in the bill, there is nothing to enforce.  We will have a market with even more dangers than before.

"Licensed automobile recyclers do the right thing with the cars they buy at auction, and we should continue to promote laws that do the right thing in this industry.  Senate Bill 273 already presented questionable impacts to our State and, with this amendment, the bill has gotten even worse.

"We call on the members of the House Insurance Committee to vote NO on the current version of Senate Bill 273 when it comes for a full vote."

Updates from UCOAR on this important issue to the automotive recycling industry are available at www.ucoar.org.

Contact: George R Sapir 

SOURCE United Coalition of Ohio Auto Recyclers (UCOAR)