The results of a consultation to gather views on the future of the Vehicle Identity Check scheme have been published, roads safety minister Stephen Hammond has announced.
The VIC scheme was introduced in 2003 year to prevent stolen cars being passed off as repaired accident damaged cars, a crime known as ‘ringing’. Last year the DfT launched a consultation on whether to retain, re-scope or abolish the scheme in order to remove the cost burden on law-abiding motorists, without jeopardising prevention of vehicle ringing.
Hammond said: “Ringing vehicles to sell them on is not only illegal, it is dangerous which is why we are determined to do all we can to prevent it.
“The VIC scheme has proved useful in combatting this crime – it’s nearly ten years since the scheme was introduced so it’s an ideal time to carry out a review.”
The Department is now analysing the different suggestions received and evaluating their impacts and feasibility.
Vehicles 'written off' by an insurer are given a VIC marker, which is a note to the DVLA computer record. Provided the written off vehicle is roadworthy, with a valid tax, MOT and insurance, it can still be used; however, the DVLA will only remove the marker and issue a replacement Registration Certificate (V5C log book) and/or Vehicle Licence Reminder (V11) once the vehicle has passed a VIC test, to confirm the identity of the vehicle.