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CODE OF PRACTICE
FOR THE DISPOSAL OF MOTOR VEHICLE SALVAGE

 

 
INTRODUCTION
This Code of Practice has been produced by and is supported by the Association British Insurers, Lloyds’ Motor Underwriters’ Association, British Vehicle Salvage Federation, Motor Vehicles Dismantlers Association, the Police, Institute of Trading Standards Administration and Government (Home Office and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions/DVLA).

This Code gives directions on the steps to be taken in the treatment of vehicle salvage and recovered stolen vehicles.

The purpose of the Code is to detect and deter criminal activities and make vehicle histories much more transparent.
 
CATEGORISATION OF VEHICLE SALVAGE
Four categories of vehicle salvage have been defined. Details are given of the steps to be taken in advising DVLA and MIAFTR on each category, together with the consequential effects on action to be taken by the police, data agencies (Equifax - HPI and Experian) etc.

The inspecting engineer must decide, using current Thatcham guidelines, and indicate to which of the four categories a particular item of salvage belongs. Other than to correct inputting errors, removal of MIAFTR data is prohibited. Recategorisation may only be effected in exceptional circumstances (see V23 instructions overleaf).

In the event of a dispute between the insurer and the salvage agent regarding categorisation, the matter should be referred to a senior engineer nominated by the insurer.
 
DVLA NOTIFICATION AND MIAFTR
Form V23* should always be completed and returned to DVLA in respect of Category A, B or C salvage. It is vital that the current version of Form V23 is used and completed correctly and accurately, in particular the choice of tick boxes which indicate whether the vehicle is either scrap/breaker or other category of total loss.

It is essential that notifications to MIAFTR are made properly and that amended/updated information is fed through quickly.

 It is anticipated that the V23 system will be replaced by direct notification to DVLA by MIAFTR.
 
CONCLUSION
The categorisation and notification of salvage as set out in this Code of Practice will make it difficult for criminals to ring vehicles or return dangerously repaired vehicles to the road.

This Code of Practice must be fully and promptly complied with in all circumstances by insurers and salvage agents.
 
DEFINITION
Throughout the Code all references to ‘insurer’ shall include ‘self-insurer’.
 
Motor Conference is the Standing Joint Committee of the Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s Motor Underwriters’ Association

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