Arguments brought to the Governments attention over the past few years by the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association (MVDA) have been recognised and from October 2015 the check will no longer be required to return a written off vehicle back onto the road after an accident.
Transport minister Stephen Hammond announced it would be easier and cheaper to return a vehicle to the road thanks to the red tape being abolished which will also save the tax payers millions of pounds.
Introduced in 2003 the checks were designed to stop “ringing” a process by which criminals swapped the identity of damaged cars with stolen vehicles of a similar make and model.
The cost to the taxpayer has been staggering. During the past 10 years there has been 717,000 vehicle identity checks made and has resulted in only 38, YES 38 positive results and that some of these were already known. The real cost of the scheme was probably in excess of £125m. That’s over £3 million for each vehicle detected.
Since 2003 there have been over 3.2 million VIC categorised vehicles but only 717,000 actually checked, so where are the rest? No one seems to know, not even the DVLA who we would expect to have the information.
Stephen Hammond said “It’s clear the scheme isn’t doing its job and it is hitting the honest motorist in the wallet. The VIC scheme is nothing more than unnecessary red tape, which is why we are getting rid of it.”
From consultation responses it seems many people thought the VIC check was a repair quality check. This has never been the case, although this is what may be needed.
As part of the VIC working group the MVDA will continue to consider various options including re-educating the public and identifying what if anything should replace the VIC as a means of issuing a registration document following a write off.