May 19, 2022—Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Law 22-43. This action will result in new requirements for the state regarding how auto recyclers, second-hand dealers, junkyard owners, scrap metal processors and vehicle repair shops recover and sell catalytic converters.
According to a press release, this law was approved in an effort to reduce the theft of catalytic converters statewide.
The law will make it partly illegal for motor vehicle recyclers to receive a vehicle’s catalytic converter unless it is attached to a vehicle.
Recyclers must affix or write a stock number on the catalytic converter part and document the transaction. This paper trail should include the customer’s name and address, as well as their phone number, license number, and VIN number.
In order for scrap metal processors, junk dealers, and landfill owners and operators to accept a catalytic converter that is not attached to a vehicle, they must first complete a number of tasks.
This includes recording the place and date of the transaction, as well as a description of the catalytic converter and the total amount paid. They must also obtain the seller’s name, address and driver’s license number.
Like recyclers, they must also affix a stock number to the converter. They must also register the license plate used to transport the part, obtain a seller’s statement of ownership, and take a photo of the person selling the part and their driver’s license.
Sellers can only sell one catalytic converter to a junkyard per day. Sellers can only be paid by check sent to their home address.
Scrap metal processors and second-hand dealers are required to electronically submit their catalytic converter information to the Connecticut State Police once a week.
This new law comes into force on July 1, 2022.