California Governor Signs Law Reducing Wait Time to Track Stolen Vehicles

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation allowing car rental companies to use GPS surveillance on vehicles that have not been returned within 72 hours after the contract return date or extension of the return date.

Rather than having to wait five days to report a vehicle stolen and seven days to locate the vehicle using GPS, AB2620, introduced by Bay Area Assemblymember Phil Ting in February, significantly reduces the time rental agencies have to wait before trying to reclaim stolen vehicles. Under previous law, rental agencies could only track vehicles after waiting for seven days after the contract conclusion date.

Now, the new law allows rental agencies to locate vehicles via GPS after 72 hours. Before activating any electronic surveillance on a past-due vehicle, rental companies must give the customer a 24-hour notice.


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Source: Auto Rental News
Author: Michaela Kwoka-Coleman