published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Tennessee bill changes rules for crushing cars

NASHVILLE — Tennessee auto salvagers and scrap metal dealers will have to be a little more careful in the future before they crush abandoned cars sold to them under a bill approved today by the House.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, passed on a 96-0 vote.

Dean told colleagues vehicles are quickly getting “picked up off the interstates and crushed before [owners] realize what’s happened.”

Sometimes the cars have broken down. In other cases, they may be stolen.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, changes current laws and extends the age of vehicles that processors and salvagers must have titles for from 10 years to 12 years. Changes also require the vehicle be held on a lot for three days before a vehicle can be scrapped.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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