Lawmakers Nationwide Recognize the Dangers of Failing to Restrict Auto Salvage Pools to Qualified Buyers

The Utah Automotive Recyclers Association (UARA) is heartened by evidence that a growing number of legislators all across the country recognize the dangers of opening up automotive salvage pools to unqualified purchasers. The UARA strongly supports restricting the auction of total loss vehicles to in-state, qualified buyers who are licensed and have track records of responsible environmental stewardship.

Last week, the UARA praised the Utah state legislature for passing SB 260, a bill that restricts auto salvage auctions to those with valid Utah business and sales tax licenses. That legislation also aids law enforcement by requiring reporting to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System and the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division. Additionally, the bill creates a non-repairable category of vehicles that will serve to keep severely damaged automobiles from being repaired and returned to the roads.

Keeping non-road worthy vehicles off the roads was at the heart of another salvage pool bill that passed recently in Florida. UARA is pleased to see that lawmakers all across America are paying increased attention to the dangers that arise by opening up auto salvage pools, and that they are taking steps to roll back efforts to make it easier for these vehicles to fall into the wrong hands.

“By limiting access to qualified buyers (i.e. licensed recyclers and dismantlers) lawmakers are able to preserve jobs in their home states and to ensure these vehicles are handled in a way that protects the environment,” said Utah recycler and UARA member Chris Mantas. Mantas added: “The issues involving auto recycling are often complicated, so it’s wonderful to see lawmakers all across the country considering the issues carefully and making responsible decisions that promote safety and best serve their constituents’ needs.”

The UARA agrees this is a step in the right direction to protect consumers. With the passage of this legislation in Utah, other states are beginning to re-evaluate their current laws and pending legislation concerning this vitally important issue. The UARA urges supporters across the nation to contact their legislators to ensure essential protection measures are in place.