The letter in full:
“The Regulations have been laid in Parliament to abolish the vehicle identity check (VIC) scheme from 26 October 2015.
The published Statutory Instrument includes an Explanatory Note which outlines the amendments to the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 to make the provision for the VIC scheme to be abolished.
In summary The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (no.2) Regulations 2002 enables the following changes:
• From 26th October 2015 a new simpler process that will not require a VIC inspection will apply whenever an application for a new registration document is made for certain categories of vehicle that have been involved in an accident and where the insurer has categorised the vehicle as suitable for repair.
• In order to ensure the smooth implementation of the new scheme transitional arrangements will apply from the 1st October 2015 to the 26th October 2015 to make sure that VIC inspections can be completed for vehicle applications already in the system. This should ensure that there is no significant backlog of inspections to be completed after 26th October 2015
• These Regulations also make other minor and consequential amendments to clarify and update the 2002 Regulations.
Following the abolition of VIC the DVLA will no longer issue V5C’s for Category A and B vehicles, this will help to ensure that the most seriously damaged vehicles are processed via the End of Life Vehicle arrangements in line with the Insurance Industry Code of Practice for the Disposal of Motor Vehicle Salvage.
The transition arrangements from 1 October 2015 means that any new applications for a replacement V5C for a category C vehicle are unlikely to need a VIC test.
If the customer applies to DVSA direct they will be informed about whether they can apply to DVLA through the normal process for a replacement V5C.
With effect from 26th October the DVLA will not apply any more VIC markers.
For category C vehicles with historical VIC markers, tests will no longer be required for a customer to get a replacement V5C.
Where an appointment for a VIC is already scheduled the vehicle will be inspected up to abolition.
However if the owner wishes to wait until 26 October they can cancel the DVSA appointment under the normal terms and reapply.
Category A and B vehicles will continue to require a VIC check to obtain a replacement registration document up to 25th October.
For applications after then these vehicles will no longer be issued with a V5C and must be destroyed (if cat A) or can be broken for parts (cat B).