HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania House has passed legislation to counter catalytic converter thefts.

The legislation, which was written by state representative Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), would expand on current regulations on sales of catalytic converters in scrap metal yards.

Under the bill, the following required steps would be required before a sale can be completed:

  • Any individual who is trying to sell a catalytic converter to a scrap yard must provide the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number for the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed. 
  • Buyers of catalytic converters must photograph both the catalytic converter and the individual selling it at the time of sale. 
  • Buyers must withhold payment for 48 hours after the purchase of a catalytic converter is completed. 

“Car owners should not have to foot the bill for someone stealing from them, and for many households, the cost of replacing a stolen catalytic converter is burdensome,” Isaacson said. “For many Pennsylvanians, their car is a part of their livelihood. This legislation provides several important deterrents to ensure that consumers in the commonwealth have the highest level of protection from theft.”