Catalytic converters; penalties. (HB740)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Catalytic converters; penalties. Makes it a Class 6 felony for a person to commit larceny of a catalytic converter from a motor vehicle, regardless of the converter's value. The bill also makes it a Class 6 felony for a person to willfully break, injure, tamper with, or remove any part or parts of any vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel for the purpose of injuring, defacing, or destroying said vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel, or temporarily or permanently preventing its useful operation, or for any purpose against the will or without the consent of the owner, or to in any other manner willfully or maliciously interfere with or prevent the running or operation of such vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel, when such violation causes damage to such vehicle, aircraft, boat, or vessel of $1,000 or more. Current law makes such violation a Class 1 misdemeanor with no limit on the amount of damage. Under the bill, the penalty for damage of less than $1,000 remains a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that the penalty for buying, receiving, selling, attempting to sell, or possessing with the intent to sell or distribute a catalytic converter stolen from a motor vehicle shall include a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000. Additionally, the bill requires scrap metal purchasers to maintain at its normal place of business or at another readily accessible and secure location for at least five years copies of documentation (i) establishing that a person from whom a scrap metal purchaser purchased a proprietary article, which includes catalytic converters detached from motor vehicles, lawfully possessed such proprietary article or (ii) detailing the scrap metal purchaser's diligent inquiry into whether such person selling or delivering the proprietary article had a legal right to do so. Read the Bill »


01/11/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101167D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2022Impact statement from VCSC (HB740)

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