By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill that hikes from $10 to $500 the minimum fine imposed on anyone who sells a police car to an individual without first removing all words and insignias that relate to police cars and then painting the exterior with one solid color. The bill would also raise the fine to $1,000 for second and subsequent offenses.

“This law is commonly skirted resulting in an inappropriate number of civilians driving around our communities in cars still bearing police markings and paint schemes,” said sponsor Tim Whelan (R-Brewster). “I think a whole lot of citizens see this regularly and are rightly concerned about persons posing as police officers in what look like real police vehicles. This bill aims to improve the re-seller’s compliance with the existing law.”

The increased fine also applies to anyone who sells a motor vehicle, without informing the buyer in writing, that the vehicle’s engine or electrical parts have been submerged in water, or that the car has been used as a police car, a taxicab or a rental vehicle.

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