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DMV From page 1 their vehicles down to the Avalon LASD station, and the inspections were held on Sumner Avenue in front _of the Sheriff's Station. "Myself and another deputy, were present during several of the inspections" said Lt. Doug Fet- teroll. "As a result of the inspections, the DMV placed ,stop registrations' and removed license plates from the vehicles. We recognize the hardship to the owners of the affected mini- trucks and will use our discretion in enforcing the vehicle code while this matter gets resolved" Meanwhile, the 12 vehicle own- ers are left scratching their heads, perhaps wondering how it could have happened and certainly try- ing to figure out what they are sup- posed to do next. According to Jessica Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, in about January of 2012, a DMV investigator started a conversation with Deputy Gary Phflaer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff De- partment, Avalon Station regarding Grey Market "Kei" Mini Trucks. "Deputy Phflaer said he had no- ticed a rise in the number of these vehicles in the city of Avalon over the past few years," Gonzalez said. "He also stated that he had previ- ous experience with Grey Market vehicles but was not sure if these vehicle types were legal and asked Bartolone to assist.him with this growing problem." Gonzalez also explained that in addition to golf carts, Catalina is also home to a vehicle classifi, cation of its own referred to as an "autoette." 24 HOUR SERVICE CALL, From page 1 EVENT. SCHEDULE AND ITINERARY FRIDAY, SEPT 21, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Street Show Art Festival on Crescent Ave plus art demos at the stage SATURDAY, SEPT 22, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Street Show Art Festival on Crescent Ave, scheduled art demos at the stage, award cere- mony at 3 p.m. on stage, kids art show on stage, raffles and more. SUNDAY, SEPT 23:10 A.M.-5 P.M. Street Show Art Festival on Crescent Avenue scheduled art demos at the stage. For more information, call (310) 510-2788, or visit the weLisite: http://www.catalinaartassocia- tion.orgwww.catalinaartassocia- "The advantage of having an autoette is t.hat it qualifies under island authority to be driven to the 'interior' of the Island and outside _ the city limits," Gonzalez said. "SO you have a small vehicle that has the power to manage the hills and go all over the Island without the restrictions of the golf cart." Gonzalez said that around June of 2012, the DMV Investigator made another trip to Catalina Is- land to locate some of the vehicles that Deputy Phfaler had previously seen. "During that time about twelve such vehicles were located and in- vestigators recorded the plate num- bers so they could order registra- tion histories on theme' Gonzalez said. "While visually inspecting the vehicles, investigators noted that all of the vehicles had "right hand drives," no VIN plates in the windshields and they all had Japa- nese writing on the bodies. When the vehicle histories were received, it was noted that many of the vehi- cles were sold to the current own- ers by the same individual and that many of the vehicle verificati0ns had been completed by a registra- tion service or vehicle verifier." The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), is an organization rep- resenting the state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and en- force motor vehicle laws, includ- ing those concerning mini trucks. The Techpical Compliance Sec- tion of the Registration Processing Unit told the DMV that according to a document from the AAMVA, this "Kei" style of autoette did not meet the standards for the roadway in California. Biii: Mini trucks like the one above are iavored by tradesmen because the have more power and room than golf carts and can travel to the Island's interior. The DMV recently inspected 12 of the vehicles that were foreign made and stopped their registration and pulled their plateS, Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi Gonzalez explained that DMVmanufacturer as meeting EPAhand drives," and none of the ve- Investigators believe that the vehi- on-road emissions standards and hicles had a 17 digit VIN. cles found around the Islandthere- therefore only those 21 years old Each individual with a vehicle fore do not conform with what is and older may be imported to the that did not comply was informed required by the DMV nor do they U.S. as on-road vehicles, that the registration Would be comply with emission standards of The investigation proceeded by reversed. Therefore, the license the state and that the registration mailing out notification letters re- plates were seized. would have to be cancelled or re- quiring that the owners of the ve- For more information, contact versed, hicles appear for an inspection of the California Department of Mo- "There are many autoettes that their vehicle. None of the vehicles tor Vehicles, 2415 First Avenue, are actually manufactured and in that were inspected have Federal Sacramento, CA 95818. They can compliance with FMVSS and EPA Labels nor do they have Emissions be reached by ph6ne at (916) 637- but the ones that Investigators have labels. All vehicles had speedom- 6437, by FAX at (916) 657-8282, inspected do not," Gonzalez said. eters tl~at showed a max speed of by e-mail to jessica.gonzalez@' According to Gonzalez. mini- about 110 kph rather than the US, or visit the website: trucks are not certified by their standard of mph, they had "right GOLF CART CARGO CASES READY TO ASSEMBLE KITS STARTING AT $90 For More Information Visit LIC #738968 GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Rqjn l New Censt l Reidd l Tenmt lnFnmme AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 Muriel Willhite, beloved wife of Lou, wishes to invite everyone to celebrate Lou's life with her and her family on Monday, Septemt r 24, 2012 6:30PM at the "Pancake THE CATALINA ISLANDER