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UK Vehicle Identity Check to be scrapped

The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme that is required before repaired write-offs are allowed back on the road in the UK is to be abolished at the end of the month.

Currently if a car is written off by an insurance company in the UK a ‘VIC marker’ (Vehicle Identity Check marker) will be placed against the DVLA record.
If you buy a car that has a VIC marker you cannot get a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) until the car has passed a VIC.

Discarding the VIC scheme has the following implications for vehicle owners:

From 26 October 2015 a new simpler process that will not require a VIC where the insurer has categorised the vehicle as suitable for repair.

Transitional arrangements will apply from the 1 – 26 October 2015 to make sure that VIC inspections can be completed for vehicle applications already in the system.