DVLA introduces new vehicle registration document

27 July 2010 #SMMT News

DVLA has introduced a new vehicle registration (V5C) document that will assist in the fight against vehicle crime and will further enhance industry’s environmental credentials, ensuring all cars are scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

The revised document, which will be a new colour, will be available to newly registered vehicles from 15 August this year and extended to all other vehicles from July 2011. The document will also provide details of where to find advice on buying a used vehicle, as part of the ‘Buyer Beware’ initiative, being launched in association with DirectGov.
Mike Penning, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, indicated that the introduction of the document will play an important role in giving second-hand vehicle buyers greater reassurance and increased awareness around avoiding cars which have been stolen or cloned. He was keen to point out that the new registration document would not be a fool-proof way to guarantee motorists would not become victims of vehicle crime.
One aspect of the new proposal, which has pleased a large number of long-campaigning industry stakeholders, has been the decision to remove the scrap ‘tick-box’, which previously allowed vehicles to be de-commissioned through non-ATF channels, without having to issue a formal Certificate of Destruction (COD). The move will allow industry greater control to ensure vehicles are de-commissioned and parts are recycled according to ATF environmental standards.
According to SMMT’s most recent sustainability report, vehicle manufacturers’ approved network of authorised treatment facilities achieved since 2006 the 85% reuse, recycling and recovery target set by the End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive.

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