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Vehicle Identity Check scheme results published

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.

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  • M B Goulding - 05/08/2013 15:17

    The biggest bind with this check is fact that most people have to travel 30 or 40 miles to their nearest test point. In my case, the car has never been out of my possession. Why could it not be checked at an MOT station. They have all the skills and knowledge required. It would save everyone a lot of expense and inconvenience.

  • Alan Kitson - 29/09/2013 20:44

    The Vehicle Identity Check Review has taken an awful long time and cost a heck of a lot of money just to review a system which clearly does not properly target those who would engage in the crime of vehicle ringing and which is an unnecessary burden on honest members of the public. The ineffectiveness of the system designed to combat the crime of vehicle ringing is clearly shown by the statistic that a mere 38 ringers have been found from about three quarters of a million checks over a period of 10 years - just 3.8 per year! What a total waste of peoples' time, resources and money. But the real issue here is that the requirements of the system go against the basic fundamental individual rights which are enshrined in the Magna Carta - that individuals go about their business innocent of any crime unless solid evidence to the contrary is forthcoming. Now, it's up to those who would stigmatise or convict an individual of this kind of crime to supply the evidence to a court of law; it should not be the prerogative of individuals to prove their innocence to the arm of a government department and more especially so at their own expense. Did nobody think to air this issue during the review? This is the real issue concerning the Vehicle Identity Check and why I am so totally against it as it stands - it is an encroachment on the sanctity and fundamental rights of the individual for which this great country can be so rightfully proud!

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