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File #: 16-2272    Version: 1 Name: AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE SALE OF SECONDHAND CATALYTIC CONVERTERS
Type: Ordinance Status: Filed
File created: 3/16/2016 In control: Environmental Control Committee (Inactive)
On agenda: 3/23/2016 Final action: 11/21/2018
Title: PROPOSED ORDINANCE AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE SALE OF SECONDHAND CATALYTIC CONVERTERS WHEREAS, since 1975, all motor vehicles produced in the United States are required to have a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust system. The catalytic converter is an emissions control device containing precious metals, such as platinum, palladium or rhodium, that act as catalysts. A catalytic converter is vehicle emissions control device that converts toxic pollutants in the exhaust gas of motor vehicles into less harmful fumes; and WHEREAS, with the price of precious metal skyrocketing, such as platinum, which is $936.10 an ounce, palladium, which is $536.30 an ounce, and rhodium which is $760 an ounce, thieves have acquired an interest in stealing catalytic converters, which they then pawn or sell to junk peddlers, secondhand dealers, motor vehicle repair shops, and recycling facilities for a fraction of the converter's cost. Stolen catalytic converters typically reap the thief a...
Sponsors: LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE SALE OF SECONDHAND CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

WHEREAS, since 1975, all motor vehicles produced in the United States are required to have a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust system. The catalytic converter is an emissions control device containing precious metals, such as platinum, palladium or rhodium, that act as catalysts. A catalytic converter is vehicle emissions control device that converts toxic pollutants in the exhaust gas of motor vehicles into less harmful fumes; and

WHEREAS, with the price of precious metal skyrocketing, such as platinum, which is $936.10 an ounce, palladium, which is $536.30 an ounce, and rhodium which is $760 an ounce, thieves have acquired an interest in stealing catalytic converters, which they then pawn or sell to junk peddlers, secondhand dealers, motor vehicle repair shops, and recycling facilities for a fraction of the converter's cost. Stolen catalytic converters typically reap the thief a profit of $100.00 to $150.00, while, depending on the make and model of the vehicle, it costs the vehicle owner between $1,000.00 and $2,000.00 to replace; and

WHEREAS, vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as trucks, pick-up trucks and SUVs, are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can access the converter simply by sliding underneath the vehicle without having to jack it up. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, a catalytic converter can be removed from a vehicle in less than a minute; and

WHEREAS, catalytic converter theft typically happens to vehicles that are parked for prolonged periods in large parking lots, such as shopping centers, mass transit commuter lots or company parking lots. However, vehicles parked on City streets are not immune from such theft, as police blotters are riddled with reports of stolen catalytic converters; and

WHEREAS, because catalytic converters are not marked with the vehicle's VI...

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