Proposed Legislation

Scrap cars crushed and stacked.

During the 2014 Kentucky legislature a new law was proposed by Rep. Denny Butler of Louisville. The purpose: make recycling older cars and trucks more possible when the title, or proof of ownership, was never received, or was lost or stolen.

Rep. Butler is a former Louisville Police detective, a key leader on this improvement to the law.

Here's what the proposed law for 2015 does to make recycling vehicles that are over 10 year old more sensible, more likely.

Sellers can expect to have their information collected and kept on hand, just like today when a person or company sells metal to a recycler for processing. This includes an operators' license, the I. D. number on the car, which is called a VIN, a detailed description–year, make and model. Also important: the seller signs that no loan is owed.

Additionally, seller must sign a statement indicating that he or she never obtained a title, or if a title was issued, it is lost or stolen. It's also important that the seller include the individual or entity from whom the vehicle was obtained.

Of importance to the seller is understanding that knowingly providing false information is fraud carries a $1,000 fine–per violation.

Recyclers have a duty to make sure this goes according to law as well. An important provision requires registered recyclers to check the NMVTIS data base to make certain that a car set for recycling is not stolen. Just to insure this is the case, no vehicle purchase for recycling can be dismantled or demolished for two days after the purchase is completed.

Under present law and circumstances citizens are delayed for weeks if a car title is lost or was never issued once they decide to recycle a vehicle. People often lose interest. Then cars end up left in lots or backyards or on neighborhood streets. It's not good for anyone–cities, counties, people who own older cars or trucks as well as the recycling process that business relies on constantly.

"Other States’ language regarding reporting of purchase of end-of-life vehicles"