City of Albuquerque
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File #: O-22-61   
Type: Ordinance Status: In Council - Reported from Committee
File created: 12/5/2022 In control: Finance & Government Operations Committee
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Adopting A New Article In Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of Albuquerque 1994 To Be Known As The "Secondhand Catalytic Converter Purchase Ordinance" (Grout)
Sponsors: Renee Grout
Attachments: 1. O-61
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FIFTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. O-22-61 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Renee Grout

ORDINANCE
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Adopting A New Article In Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of Albuquerque 1994 To Be Known As The "Secondhand Catalytic Converter Purchase Ordinance" (Grout)
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WHEREAS, a catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system of vehicles with internal combustion engines that converts pollutant gases into less toxic pollutants; and
WHEREAS, catalytic converters contain precious metals including platinum, palladium and rhodium; and
WHEREAS, catalytic converters are frequently stolen due to the value of the metals inside and their relative ease of access under the body of a car; and
WHEREAS, catalytic converter thefts have increased dramatically in recent years; and
WHEREAS, thieves typically steal catalytic converters from trucks, SUVs, and other vehicles with high ground clearance, and thieves also target hybrid vehicles which have higher amounts of precious metals in their catalytic converters; and
WHEREAS, thieves generally sell the catalytic converters to secondhand metal dealers or "scrap yards" which then sell catalytic converters to recycling facilities to reclaim the precious metals inside; and
WHEREAS, a thief may get $200 to $500 for a catalytic converter while causing up to $3,000 in damage to a vehicle and rendering it unusable for days or weeks as replacement parts are ordered and installed; and
WHEREAS, additional regulations and safeguards regarding the resale of catalytic converters may serve as a deterrent to future theft.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE:
SECTION 1. A new Article 21 in Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of Albuquerque 1994 is hereby adopted as follows:
"[? 13-21-1 SHORT TITLE.
This Ordinance shall be known and cited as the "Secondhand Catalytic Converter Purchase Ordinance."
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