Amended in Senate April 7, 2015

Senate BillNo. 773


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 27, 2015


An act to add Section 4024 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicle registration.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 773, as amended, Allen. Vehicles: registration fraud: study.

Existing law prohibits a person from driving, moving, or leaving standing upon a highway, or in an offstreet public parking facility, any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole or pipe dolly, or logging dolly, unless it is registered and the appropriate fees have been paid, except as specified. Existing law makes it a felony for a person who, with the intent to prejudice, damage, or defraud, alters, forges,begin delete counterfeit,end deletebegin insert counterfeits,end insert or falsifies a registration card or who utters, publishes, passes, or attempts to pass, as true and genuine, a false, altered, forged, or counterfeited registration card knowing it to be false, altered, forged, or counterfeited.

This bill would request the University of California to conduct a study on motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a motor vehicle, and would require the study to include specified information, includingbegin delete,end delete quantification of the magnitude of the problem, the costs to the state and local governments in lost revenues, and recommended strategies for increasing compliance with registration requirements. The bill would require the Department of Motorbegin delete Vehicles,end deletebegin insert Vehicles andend insert the Department of the California Highwaybegin delete Patrol, and other state agencies, as requested by the University of California, to fully cooperate with the University of California in conducing the studyend deletebegin insert Patrol to provide specified information to the University of California researchers who are conducting the studyend insert. The bill would request the University of California to post a report of the study on its Internet Web site no later than January 1, 2017.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(1) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
4motor vehiclebegin delete isend deletebegin insert areend insert both illegal and fundamentally unfair to the
5vast majority of Californians who comply with registration
6requirements.begin delete It robsend deletebegin insert These crimes robend insert the state and local
7governments of millions of dollars of revenues needed for vital
8purposes, such as transportation projects, supporting the
9Department of the California Highway Patrol, deterring auto theft,
10enforcing laws prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol
11or drugs, removing abandoned vehicles, and many other socially
12desirable programs.

13(2) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
14motor vehicle alsobegin delete hasend deletebegin insert haveend insert significant public health consequences
15andbegin delete contributesend deletebegin insert contributeend insert disproportionately to motor vehicle
16emissions because many individuals committing registration fraud
17have gross emitting vehicles and are deliberately circumventing
18the inspection and maintenance program.

19(3) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
20motor vehicle also significantlybegin delete increasesend deletebegin insert increaseend insert insurance costs
21for law-abiding citizens.

22(4) It is in the public interest to have motor vehicle owners
23comply with existing registration laws.

24(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to encourage
25motorists to register their vehicles in accordance with existing law.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 4024 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

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4024.  

(a) The University of California is requested to conduct
28a study on motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register
29a motor vehicle. The study shall include all of the following:

30(1) Quantification of the magnitude of the problem.

P3    1(2) The strategies being used by motorists to commit motor
2vehicle registration fraud.

3(3) The reasons for the behaviors of motorists who commit fraud
4inbegin delete registrationsend deletebegin insert registrationend insert of, orbegin insert whoend insert fail to registerbegin delete their,end deletebegin insert, theirend insert
5 motor vehicles.

6(4) The costs to the state and local governments in lost revenues.

7(5) Increases in air pollution.

8(6) Other costsbegin delete,end delete and consequences of these behaviors.

9(7) Recommended strategies for increasing compliance with
10registration requirements.

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11(b) The Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of the
12California Highway Patrol, and other state agencies, as requested
13by the University of California, shall fully cooperate with the
14University of California in conducing the study.

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15(b) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall share its existing
16database of vehicle registration records with the University of
17California researchers who are conducting the study. The
18Department of the California Highway Patrol shall share
19information on their efforts to combat registration fraud, including
20the CHEATERS program, with the University of California
21researchers who are conducting the study.

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22(c) The University of California is requested to post a report of
23the study on its Internet Web site no later than January 1, 2017.



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