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Connecticut Laws | Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use Of The Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
Sec. 14-197. Report of stolen, recovered, unclaimed or abandoned vehicle.

(a) A police officer or constable who learns of the theft of a vehicle not since recovered, or of the recovery of a vehicle the theft or conversion of which such officer or constable knows or has reason to believe has been reported to the commissioner, shall forthwith report the theft or recovery to the commissioner. (1969)

(b) An owner or a lienholder may report the theft of a vehicle, or its conversion if a crime, to the commissioner, but the commissioner may disregard the report of a conversion unless a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a person charged with the conversion. A person who has so reported the theft or conversion of a vehicle shall, forthwith after learning of its recovery, report the recovery to the commissioner. (1970)

(c) An operator of a place of business for garaging, repairing, parking or storing vehicles for the public, in which there is stored an abandoned or unclaimed vehicle for a period of thirty days, shall, within five days after the expiration of that period, report the vehicle as unclaimed or abandoned to the commissioner. A vehicle left by its owner whose name and address are known to the operator or his employee is not considered unclaimed. A person who fails to report a vehicle as unclaimed or abandoned in accordance with this subsection forfeits all claims and liens for its garaging, parking, towing or storing. The commissioner may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty of not more than twenty-five dollars for each day the failure to report continues. (1971)

(d) The commissioner shall maintain and appropriately index weekly and cumulative public records of stolen, converted, recovered, abandoned and unclaimed vehicles reported to him pursuant to this section. The commissioner may make and distribute copies of the weekly records so maintained to police officers upon request without fee and to others for the fee, if any, the commissioner prescribes. (1972)

(e) The commissioner may suspend the registration of a vehicle the theft or conversion of which is reported to the commissioner pursuant to this section. Until the commissioner learns of its recovery or that the report of its theft or conversion was erroneous, the commissioner shall not issue a certificate of title for the vehicle. (1973)

Sec. 14-198. False report. (1974)(Text)

A person who knowingly makes a false report of the theft or conversion of a vehicle to a police officer or to the commissioner shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months or both. (1975)

Sec. 14-199. Impeachment of credibility of defendant. (1976)(Text)

In a prosecution for a crime specified in this chapter, a certified copy of a conviction under subsection (a) of section 14-196 is admissible to impeach the credibility of the defendant. (1977)

Sec. 14-200. Penalties additional to other statutes. (1978)(Text)

The penal provisions of this chapter in no way repeal or modify any existing provision of criminal law but are additional and supplementary thereto. (1979)


Secs. 14-201 to 14-209. Definition. Exemption of previously registered vehicle. Issuance of distinctive certificate. Perfection of security interest. Perfection under other statute. Filing of notices of security interest. Assignment of security interest. Release of interest. Lienholder to furnish information concerning security agreement. (1981)(Text)

Sections 14-201 to 14-209, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 2002. (1982)


Sec. 14-210. Interpretation. (1984)(Text)

This chapter shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law of those states which enact it. (1985)

Sec. 14-211. Short title: Uniform Motor Vehicle Certificate of Title and Antitheft Act. (1986)(Text)

This chapter may be cited as the "Uniform Motor Vehicle Certificate of Title and Antitheft Act". (1987)


Sec. 14-211a. Motor vehicle theft task force. (1989)(Text)

(a) There is established a motor vehicle theft task force composed of sixteen members as follows: Four police officers of any organized police force in Connecticut, one to be appointed by each cochairperson and each ranking member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation; two state police officers to be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety; two employees of the Department of Motor Vehicles to be appointed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; one representative of the National Automobile Theft Bureau; one employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be appointed by the director of the bureau; two assistant state's attorneys to be appointed by the Chief State's Attorney; one representative of the insurance industry to be appointed by the cochairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance; one representative of the insurance industry to be appointed by the ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance; and two public members to be appointed by the Governor. (1990)

(b) The task force shall select a chairperson from among its membership and shall meet monthly or more often, as deemed necessary by the membership. (1991)

(c) The task force shall review (1) the problem of motor vehicle theft and its effects, including its effects on the public, the insurance industry and the judiciary; (2) the existing methods of discouraging and punishing motor vehicle theft; and (3) other procedures to decrease the number of motor vehicle thefts. (1992)

(d) On or before January 1, 1986, the task force shall report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and public safety its findings and recommendations, including proposals for legislative and regulatory changes. (1993)

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