DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Motor fuel theft. Provides that if motor fuel from a retailer is pumped into a vehicle and proper payment is not made to the retailer, the owner of the vehicle is liable to the retailer for the total pump price of the motor fuel pumped plus a service charge of $50. Provides that a retailer, to collect from the vehicle owner, must send a notice of nonpayment to the vehicle owner by certified mail. Allows a retailer to use a designee to send notices and make collections. Provides that, if a vehicle owner does not pay the total pump price of the motor fuel pumped plus the service charge within 30 days after the retailer sends the notice, the vehicle owner is also subject to liability to the retailer for other damages, costs, fees, and expenses. Provides that within 30 days after the sending of the retailer's notice, the vehicle owner may send a written response to the retailer disputing the retailer's claim or stating that, when the motor fuel was pumped into the vehicle, the vehicle owner was not operating the vehicle and was not responsible for paying for the motor fuel. Provides that if a vehicle owner sends such a response to the retailer, the retailer shall stop communicating with the vehicle owner but may still seek to recover from the vehicle owner by initiating a civil action. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles (BMV) to adopt rules under which retailers may obtain the names and mailing addresses of vehicle owners from the BMV for purposes of recovering for motor fuel that is pumped into vehicles without payment being made.