VIC Scheme Abolished, what it means

Since 2003 there has been a VIC scheme in place which was intended to stop the “ringing” of vehicles, this VIC scheme was abolished on 1st October 2015.

What is the VIC scheme?

department of transportIn 2003 the VIC scheme was introduced by the Department for Transport (DfT) to reduce vehicle crimes, specifically car “ringing”. Car “ringing” is where criminals try and pass off stolen cars as accident/damage repaired and cost an estimated 3 billion pounds a year to the UK economy. The scheme was also intended to stop innocent motorists being sold stolen cars and losing their hard earned money as the vehicle would be taken away if this was found to be the case.

When a vehicle was written off by insurers the VIC test would mean that a marker would be placed against it on DVLA records. A replacement logbook (V5) would not be issued until the vehicle had a VIC test and passed its requirements. The VIC test would be taken out by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in Great Britain and the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland to prove the vehicle’s identity, so that the DVLA could issue a replacement V5C. The VIC scheme applied to all Ca A, Cat B and Cat C vehicles that were being repaired to be put back on the UK roads.

What changes have been made?

On October 1st 2015 the VIC scheme has been abolished for Cat C vehicles (unless a test slot has already been issued), after 26th October Cat A & B vehicles will no longer be able to obtain a V5 certificate. Up until 26th October Cat A & B vehicles will still require a VIC test to confirm they are roadworthy with a new V5 certificate.

V5 replacement certificates will now also be free of charge for Cat C vehicles.

Why have they changed it?

It is reported that the VIC scheme has been largely ineffective since its introduction in 2003, with over 916,000 vehicles subjected to inspection and testing, with only 40 “ringers” being identified. With advancements in modern technology it has become increasingly difficult to “ring” cars, so the Department for Transport (DfT) made the decision that the costs for running and maintaining the VIC scheme was not viable.

What do these changes mean for you?

VIC checkWith the abolishment of the VIC scheme, if you’re looking to purchase a Cat C vehicle to get back on the road, it’s going to save you both time and money. With the VIC test no longer necessary or required, you will save £41 on the cost of the test and further savings on the transport fees for getting your vehicle to and from the test centre. The test could also be time consuming, some areas would have up to a 6 week wait to get your vehicle tested, so delaying the issuing of the vehicles new V5.

For more information check out the offical government site on VIC checks.