OATRA Upset About Senate Bill 273

The Ohio Auto and Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) is up-in-arms about state Senate Bill 273. The substance of the bill creates problems by opening salvage auctions to unlicensed bidders. The group demonstrated its strong opposition on Tuesday, Dec. 4 by parading salvage vehicles near the statehouse. OATRA’s goal was to give the public a first-hand look at the vehicles that could be returned to the road if the bill passes. Members of OATRA also voiced their opposition at the House Insurance Committee Hearing that same afternoon.

The most recent action on Senate Bill 273 was an added amendment that eliminates many of the consumer protections included, such as a provision for a database to track the transactions and requirements to report those transactions.

“The bill has simply gotten worse,” said Jim McKinney, President of OATRA. “We have expressed many of our concerns about the negative impacts to jobs, the potential for environmental damage, and the risks to public safety. Now the bill would create even more problems for consumers. It would be harder to know if what is being sold at auction is legitimate. The market would be damaged even more.”

OATRA has been educating the members of the House as well as the general public about the many positive contributions made by the auto recycling industry, from reusing or properly disposing of contaminants in salvage cars to recycling over 95 percent of their materials. OATRA's position is that Senate Bill 273 as currently written would unnecessarily upend well-established rules for the automobile recycling industry.

In early November, OATRA representatives spoke out to the Insurance

Committee about the job-killing impacts this legislation would have. OATRA members argued allowing unregulated buyers to purchase salvage vehicles within the state would negatively impact small businesses and the local economy by providing a loophole in the current regulatory structure.

If SB273 were to pass, it would allow individual buyers the ability to bypass existing state laws. Outside individuals would not be required to follow the same rules for disposing of toxic and chemical waste that harms the environment. Additionally, chop shops and others involved in criminal activity will have easier access to vehicles that can be used to hide stolen property.

Visit www.OATRA.net for more information on Senate Bill 273.

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