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 delete 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, including
begin 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 Motor begin delete Vehicles,end delete the Department of the California Highway begin 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 delete. 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:
(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(1) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
begin delete isend delete both illegal and fundamentally unfair to the
5vast majority of Californians who comply with registration
begin delete It robsend delete
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
13(2) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
14motor vehicle also
begin delete hasend delete significant public health consequences
begin delete contributesend delete
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 significantly
begin delete increasesend delete 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.
Section 4024 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
(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
begin delete registrationsend delete of, or fail to register begin delete their,end delete
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 costs
begin delete,end delete and consequences of these behaviors.
9(7) Recommended strategies for increasing compliance with
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.
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.