DOJ Issues Penalty Guidelines for Failing to Report Salvage Vehicles
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has posted the final schedule of considerations the BJA will use when determining the amount of fines it will levy on parties that fail to report salvage vehicles to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS).
Failure to report to NMVTIS is punishable by a civil penalty of $1,000 per violation. Therefore, a failure to report 100 junk or salvage automobiles could result in a civil fine of up to $100,000.
Automotive recyclers who own or acquire five or more junk or salvage vehicles per year for resale (in their entirety or for spare parts), rebuilding, restoration, or crushing, are required to report to NMVTIS.
ARA has been pushing for this guideline and action since the drafting of the rule. There must be active enforcement or you are just taxing law abiding businesses for no reason. ARA's seat on the Federal NMVTIS Advisory Board puts us in the unique position to reinforce the automotive recycling industry's views and concerns in this matter.
"We look forward to the swift prosecution of those that are blatantly disregarding this federal law," said ARA CEO Michael E. Wilson. The DOJ has developed a penalty schedule that will be used to determine penalties for non-reporting - see attached.