ORS 822.135¹
Improperly conducting motor vehicle dismantling business
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of improperly conducting a motor vehicle dismantling business if the person holds a dismantler certificate issued under ORS 822.110 (Dismantler certificate) and the person does any of the following:

(a) Fails to permanently exhibit a dismantler certificate at a place of business of the person at all times while the certificate is in force.

(b) Expands the dimensions of or moves any of the person’s places of business or opens any additional places of business without obtaining a supplemental dismantler certificate by the procedure under ORS 822.125 (Privileges granted by certificate).

(c) Fails to maintain records at the person’s established place of business that record and describe the following:

(A) Every motor vehicle purchased, transferred, wrecked, dismantled, disassembled or substantially altered by the person;

(B) The name and address of the person to and from whom the vehicle was transferred;

(C) The vehicle identification number and other identification marks or numbers on the vehicle; and

(D) A statement indicating any such numbers or marks that have been obliterated, defaced or changed.

(d) Except as otherwise provided, fails to surrender to the Department of Transportation, within 30 days after the date the person acquires the title, a certificate of title or other primary ownership document or ownership record for a motor vehicle. If the vehicle is delivered to the person under the provisions of ORS 819.215 (Disposal of vehicle appraised at $500 or less) or 819.280 (Disposal of vehicle at request of person in lawful possession), a copy of the notification to the department under ORS 819.215 (Disposal of vehicle appraised at $500 or less) or 819.280 (Disposal of vehicle at request of person in lawful possession) is sufficient to comply with the provisions of this paragraph.

(e) Refuses, at any time, to allow a police officer or an employee of the department to inspect the books, records, inventory or premises of the person’s motor vehicle dismantling business.

(f) Fails to maintain, for the purposes of the person’s motor vehicle dismantling business, a building or an enclosure or other barrier at least six feet in height that is constructed, established or formed in compliance with rules adopted by the department.

(g) Fails to keep the premises on the outside of the establishment clear and clean at all times.

(h) Conducts any wrecking, dismantling or altering of vehicles outside the building, enclosure or barrier on the premises of the business.

(i) Stores or displays any motor vehicles or major component parts or conducts the motor vehicle dismantling business outside of the building, enclosure or barrier of the place of business.

(j) Fails to immediately file with the department, upon transfer of a wrecked or dismantled motor vehicle, the form furnished by the department to report the date of transfer, a description of the vehicle, the name and address of the purchaser and other information respecting the vehicle required by the department.

(k) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, fails to keep the business hidden or adequately screened by the terrain or other natural objects or by plantings, fences or other appropriate means so as not to be visible from the main traveled way of the highway in accordance with the rules of the Director of Transportation. This paragraph does not apply to a business that is:

(A) Located in an area zoned for industrial use under authority of the laws of this state; or

(B) A business established before June 30, 1967.

(L) Expands or moves any place of business approved under a dismantler certificate or opens any additional locations for the business without obtaining a supplemental certificate under ORS 822.125 (Privileges granted by certificate) or obtaining an additional dismantler certificate.

(m) Fails to allow the department to conduct inspections as provided under ORS 822.130 (Inspection of books, records, inventory and premises).

(n) Fails to deploy or remove any air bag containing sodium azide from a vehicle before the vehicle is wrecked or dismantled.

(o) Fails to ensure that an air bag containing sodium azide that has been removed from a vehicle is deployed within seven days of removal unless the air bag is properly stored by a motor vehicle dealer, automobile repair facility or dismantler certified under ORS 822.110 (Dismantler certificate).

(2) The offense described in this section, improperly conducting a motor vehicle dismantling business, is a:

(a) Class A misdemeanor if the person violates subsection (1)(a) to (m) of this section.

(b) Class D violation if the person violates subsection (1)(n) or (o) of this section.

(c) Class C misdemeanor, notwithstanding paragraph (b) of this subsection, if the person violates subsection (1)(n) or (o) of this section and the person has two or more previous convictions for violating subsection (1)(n) or (o) of this section. [1983 c.338 §806; 1985 c.16 §407; 1985 c.400 §6; 1991 c.820 §18; 1991 c.873 §50; 1993 c.233 §75; 1993 c.326 §8; 1993 c.741 §89; 2005 c.514 §1; 2005 c.654 §13a; 2005 c.738 §5; 2007 c.683 §3]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

Offense of wrecker failing to have proper evidence of motor vehicle ownership, as defined by this sec­tion, is not strict liability crime under ORS 161.105 (Culpability requirements inapplicable to certain violations and offenses). State v. Eyerly, 37 Or App 399, 587 P2d 1039 (1978)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 822—Regulation of Vehicle Related Businesses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors822.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 822, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­822ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information