A Year After the VIC Scheme Abolition

In 2003, the Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme was introduced by the Department for Transport (DfT) to reduce car ringing (amongst other vehicle crimes) which cost the UK economy an estimated £3 billion annually. Car “ringing” involves passing off stolen cars as accident/damage repaired vehicles. This often led to innocent motorists purchasing a car which they later discovered to be stolen.

The VIC scheme meant that any vehicle written off by insurers would have a marker placed against it on DVLA records and the DVLA would not issue a replacement V5 (logbook) until the vehicle had been subjected to a VIC test and passed. This test proved the vehicle’s identity and allowed the DVLA to issue a replacement V5C. The VIC scheme applied to all Cat A, B & C vehicles destined to be returned to the road. (See here for more information about the ABI salvage vehicle categories).

Since October 2015, those looking to get Cat C vehicles back on the road no longer need to book a VIC test slot; they can instead proceed to secure a replacement V5 log book from the DVLA (free of charge) in the normal manner. It is no longer possible to obtain a V5 certificate for Cat A and B vehicles.

The abolition of the VIC scheme has made it cheaper and less time consuming to get a Cat C vehicle back on the road. It is no longer necessary to pay £41 for the VIC test, together with the costs involved in transporting the vehicle to and from the test centre. This, combined with the time saved transporting your vehicle and the potential for a waiting list of up to six weeks, has made it a much more attractive proposition to purchase a Cat C vehicle and get it back on the road.

Allparts specialises in sourcing repairable vehicles direct from insurance companies; our current stock of vehicles is listed here and can be inspected at our Recycling Centre in Exeter.

It’s never been easier to get a damaged vehicle back on the road legally.