as amended, Allen. Vehicles: registration
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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, counterfeits, 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, until January 1, 2020, 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 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 Vehicles to enter into an agreement with the University of California to share its vehicle registration information for purposes of conducting the study and would require the Department of the California Highway Patrol to provide specified information to the University of California researchers who are conducting the study. 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
4motor vehicle are both illegal and fundamentally unfair to the vast
5majority of Californians who comply with registration
6requirements. These crimes rob the state and local governments
7of millions of dollars of revenues needed for vital purposes, such
8as transportation projects, supporting the Department of the
9California Highway Patrol, deterring auto theft, enforcing laws
10prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
11removing abandoned vehicles, and many other socially desirable
13(2) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
14motor vehicle also have significant public health consequences
15and contribute disproportionately to motor vehicle emissions
16because many individuals committing registration fraud have gross
17emitting vehicles and are deliberately circumventing the inspection
18and maintenance program.
19(3) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
20motor vehicle also significantly increase insurance costs for
P3 1(4) It is in the public interest to have motor vehicle owners
2comply with existing registration laws.
3(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature
4motorists 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
7a study on motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register
8a motor vehicle. The study shall include all of the following:
9(1) Quantification of the magnitude of the problem.
10(2) The strategies being used by motorists to commit motor
11vehicle registration fraud.
12(3) The reasons for the behaviors of motorists who commit fraud
13in registration of, or who fail to register, their motor vehicles.
14(4) The costs to the state and local governments in lost revenues.
15(5) Increases in air pollution.
16(6) Other costs and consequences of these behaviors.
17(7) Recommended strategies for increasing compliance with
19(b) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall enter into an
20agreement with the University of California to share its vehicle
21registration information with the University of California
22researchers for the purposes of conducting the study. The
23Department of the California Highway Patrol shall share
24information on their efforts to combat registration fraud, including
25the CHEATERS program, with the University of California
26researchers who are conducting the study.
27(c) The University of California is requested to post a report of
28the study on its Internet Web site no later than January 1, 2017.
29(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020,
30and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
31is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that date.