STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) has sponsored Senate Bill 277, Methamphetamine Vehicle Information Disclosure. The bill passed out of both legislative bodies and signed into law by the Governor today.
“In an effort to evade the law, methamphetamine manufacturers are increasingly using vehicles as laboratories,” said Rep. Speedy. “When these dealers dispose of the vehicle, toxins left in the vehicle may pose a health risk to uninformed buyers. SB 277 requires auto dealers to provide disclosure that the vehicle is considered a methamphetamine vehicle.”
The bill requires a dealer or seller who knows that a motor vehicle has been used to manufacture methamphetamine within the previous two years to disclose this fact in writing to a prospective buyer or lessee of the motor vehicle before the sale. The bill also permits a dealer or seller to include a decontamination report within the written disclosure.
SB 277 provides that if the dealer or seller fails to disclose information, the buyer may seek remediation or reimbursement for remediation costs. In addition, a court may award a buyer or prospective buyer liquidated damages of no more than $10,000 and that existing tort remedies that may be available to a buyer or lessee are not eliminated or abrogated.
“With these consumer protections in place, we hope to ensure the public is well-informed in their buying decisions,” said Rep. Speedy. “Hoosier safety is a key concern in the creation of this legislation.”
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