Media Release

10 April 2016

Guy: Liberal Nationals will put brakes on stolen car trade

Sunday 10 April 2016

Liberal Nationals will put brakes on stolen car trade

A Liberal Nationals Government will clampdown on cash sales of stolen cars on the black market.

In Victoria the theft of vehicles jumped 5.4 per cent over the last year. Every day on average more than 40 cars are stolen across the state, many by gangs looking to make a quick buck.

Victoria Police has previously found that 70 per cent of wreckers and scrap metal dealers were either non-compliant with the law or unregistered.

Under a Liberal Nationals Government, under the table cash sales of stolen cars for scrap metal will not be tolerated. Traders will be required to confirm that a vehicle being purchased is not stolen through electronic databases and then purchase it via electronic methods only.

Traders caught buying stolen cars for scrap metal will be hit with 100 penalty units per stolen vehicle, currently more than $15,000.

A Liberal Nationals Government will not tolerate the booming black market for stolen cars in Victoria.

 

Quotes attributable to State Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

“The Andrews Government is asleep at the wheel on co-ordinated gang thefts of cars in Victoria.

“Crime is up more than 8 per cent on Daniel Andrews’ watch and his soft on crime approach is failing Victorians.

“This won’t stop all car thefts, but it will put the handbrake on gangs who think stealing and selling cars for cash is easy money.

“A Liberal Nationals Government will not tolerate cash sales of stolen cars on the black market.”