SB 2240

86(R) - 2019
Senate Transportation
Senate Transportation
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Royce West

Bill Caption

Relating to an exception to the titling requirement for certain vehicles; creating a criminal offense.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 2240 would allow metal recyclers and other automotive parts recyclers to not have to obtain a title for a vehicle they purchase as long as: the vehicle is at least 12 years old, is purchased solely for parts/scrap and the vehicle is not scrapped until at least the second business day after purchase. The purchaser of the vehicle would be required to obtain and submit a variety of information regarding the vehicle, including the VIN of the vehicle, a written statement signed by the seller certifying that they have the legal right to sell the vehicle and that the vehicle will be scrapped, the name and address of the seller and a scan of the driver's license of the seller in addition to other information.  The purchaser would also be required to provide the Texas Department of Transportation with additional information if it is determined that the vehicle has been stolen.  Falsification of any required information in this bill would be a criminal offense.    

Furthermore, the purchaser would not be required to obtain and submit much of the information listed in the bill if the vehicle has already been crushed or flattened, the vehicle is purchased for scrap metal only and the seller certifies that the vehicle has already been reported to the Department or to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

Lastly, the bill would create a criminal offense fails to submit information or falsifies information relating to a title. A first time offense would include a Class C misdemeanor.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 2240 for promoting the principles of limited government, individual liberty and private property.  This bill would remove an onerous and burdensome bureaucratic requirement upon automotive part recyclers, and would allow dealers and vehicle owners to contract more freely regarding the selling and purchasing of vehicles for recycling purposes.