Tampering with a vehicle


It is illegal to tamper or alter with a vehicle in any number of ways, including altering the air and speed control devices and the number of falsely recorded miles traveled. Penalties of range from misdemeanors to felonies and vary according to state statute:

Prohibiting Tampering with Motor Vehicle Emission Control Systems:

Regulatory laws control all aspects pertaining to federal and state operations and must not be tampered with.

These include the following:

  • Motor vehicle
  • Emission control system
  • Clean air conditioning
  • Clean air act amendments

What is the “Emission Control System?”

  • The Emission Control System refers to any system designated by the US environmental protection agency as an emission control system under Title II of the same code

What Effect Does Altering with this Have?

It is illegal to:

  • Sell
  • Offer to sell
  • Possess
  • Advertise
  • Manufacture
  • Tamper

Tampering in the First Degree

Tampering in the first degree:

  • To cause a substantial interruption or impairment or impairment of a service rendered to the public by a utility or by an institution providing health or safety protection, damages o tampes with peroperty  or facilities of such a utilitity or institution and thereby causes substantial interruption or impairment of service; or,
  • Knowingly receives, possesses, sells, alters, defaces, destroys o unlawfully opiates an automobile, airplane, motorcycle, motorboat, or other boat
  • When is Tampering not a Violation?

    When is it NOT a Violation of Above Restrictions?

  • When  a person has been acted as one who has been given the right to auctioneer, transfer, lease, sell or otherwise transfer property pursuant to state and/ federal laws;
  • When a current license to engage in issues of transfer has been approved of and granted;
  • When the action is taken for the purpose of repair or replacement for the emission control system’s Compliance with “The Clean Air Act Amendments.”
  • It All Depends on The Action and Purpose:

    The action is for the purpose of converting a motor vehicle to use a clean alternative fuel, which complies with the applicable
    Standard adopted under the Section 202 of that act when operating on the fuel, an emission control system is installed or replaced upon completion of the conversion, and the action results in the system’s compliance with the act when the motor vehicle opiates on the fuel for which it originally was designed.’

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    Michael S. Berg
    Attorney At Law