ASSEMBLY, No. 4385

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

221st LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 16, 2024

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† MICHAEL VENEZIA

District 34 (Essex)

Assemblywoman† SHANIQUE SPEIGHT

District 29 (Essex and Hudson)

Assemblyman† BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywomen Hall, Tucker, Assemblyman Sampson and Assemblywoman Morales

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires vehicle identification number be stamped on catalytic converters of motor vehicles.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning motor vehicles and supplementing Title 39 of the Revised Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† Every manufacturer of vehicles sold within this State, individually or as part of a group, shall stamp or engrave the vehicle identification number onto each catalytic converter installed in each motor vehicle sold within the State.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect on the first day of the third month after the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, theft of catalytic converters has dramatically increased in recent years.† In 2019, approximately 3,400 claims of catalytic converter theft were filed.† In 2020, the number of claims more than tripled.

†††† Under this bill, car manufacturers would be required to engrave or stamp the vehicle identification number onto the catalytic converter of a motor vehicle sold within the State.

†††† It is the sponsorís belief that this bill is necessary given the increasing number of thefts, and that once scrap yards and would-be thieves become aware of the new requirements, thefts will decrease.