Help Coloradans Get Back on the Road

Help Coloradans Get Back on the Road

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Lauren Karsh started this petition to Colorado Governor The Honorable Jared Polis

We urge you to take immediate action to allow amendments to Senate Bill 22-009 which will allow consumers to get their vehicles needing catalytic converters back on the road in a quicker and more affordable manner that is better for Colorado air quality. Now we just need to get Governor Polis to pass this act. 

Passage of SB 22-009 will address these issues: 

  • Rise in catalytic converter thefts in Colorado. Catalytic converter theft has risen 5,100% in Colorado in recent years. That number doesn’t take into consideration that many people do not report catalytic converter theft. In the same time frame, the supply of replacement catalytic converters has dramatically decreased, and the cost of the converters you can find has increased fourfold. 
  • Coloradans are left for months with inoperable vehicles while they await catalytic converter repairs. The availability of CARB-certified after-market catalytic converters is almost non-existent due to supply chain issues with no remedy in sight.
  • Catalytic converter repair costs have quadrupled. The cost of CARB-certified after-market catalytic converters is 800% more expensive than non-CARB-certified catalytic converters.  The new ones are more expensive because they must meet certain requirements and contain more precious metals, yet the non-CARB certified catalytic converters will meet the emissions standards to keep cars emitting clean air on our roads. They are currently being used on vehicles in Colorado and pass the required yearly emission test administered by clean air Colorado. The repair costs of a catalytic converter are high, compared to the price of the converter itself. The price for selling a non-CARB-certified catalytic converter is no more than $300 and is readily available, but a typical CARB-certified catalytic converter replacement starts at around $2,500.
  • Older cars are being totaled because of the price of these repairs. A 14-year-old car with 160,000 miles on it, would be totaled by the cost to repair a converter despite the car having much longer potential. 
  • Coloradans are going out of state to order non-compliant catalytic converters. Currently, consumers who cannot find a replacement catalytic converter are driving to neighboring states without CARB laws to have them installed by a mechanic or similar technician without the same testing requirements as we have here in Colorado. Consumers are finding parts online, on places like eBay Auto, or on Craigslist, purchasing them with no history of the part or certification documents, and having their mechanic install them—there is no trace or proof that these meet the Colorado standards.
  • Colorado air quality is being negatively impacted by people driving without catalytic converters or converters that are improperly installed. Due to the issues mentioned above, in many cases, businesses and individuals are choosing to simply drive without a catalytic converter or a converter that isn’t properly installed. Not only is this bad for Colorado air quality, but it also emits greenhouse gas which we are trying to avoid by requiring catalytic converters to be CARB certified. We support clean air and want to follow these emissions rules when installing catalytic converters.

Help amplify the voice of the CIADA by signing the petition and please share it with your colleagues, friends, and family to sign as well. 

CIADA website 

Read the bill SB 22-009 

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