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California Continues Its Fight Against Unlicensed Vehicle Dismantling

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues its vigorous enforcement by the Vehicle Dismantler Industry Strike Team (VDIST) with two recent enforcement operations targeting 63 locations in San Diego and Fresno. The VDIST’s “…sole mission is to identify and shut down unlicensed vehicle dismantlers” according to the DMV Chief of Investigations.

The Vehicle Dismantler Industry Strike Team is the result of legislation signed into law in September 2016 requiring the DMV to collaborate with representatives from other California Agencies and Departments to investigate unlicensed and unregulated vehicle dismantling.  ARA affiliated state chapter, the State of California Automobile Dismantlers Association (SCADA), and automotive recyclers in the state were instrumental in building the case for the legislation and getting it passed.  The state has until January 2019 to complete its investigations and make recommendations to the state legislature.

Besides investigating compliance with state dismantling guidelines, the VDIST investigators checked on compliance with environmental and VIN laws, the latter of which could result in the detection of stolen vehicles and parts.