End to VIC could save millions

Monday, October 26, 2015

 

 

Drivers could save millions with the scrapping of the vehicle identity check (VIC) according to the government. 

As of today (26.10.2015), drivers returning a written off car to the road will no longer need to apply for a VIC to prove their vehicle matches the registration details.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the move will save motorists an estimated £9.7m a year and cut around £4.8m of costs incurred by UK business. 

Costing £41, the VIC was introduced in 2003 to stop vehicle ringing - where criminals make it easier to sell stolen cars by swapping the identity of cars no longer economical to repair with a stolen vehicle of a similar make and model. 

The DfT said that advances in technology, and the fact that most vehicles returned to the road have been in the hands of the same keeper for seven years or more, meant this check has become unnecessary. 

It added that during the past 12 years around a million checks have been made, resulting in only a handful of actual cases of wrongdoing.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The government is on the side of the honest motorist, which is why we are scrapping this scheme which flies in the face of common sense and creates an unnecessary burden. It will save motorists and businesses millions every year.”

 

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