Vehicle crime reduction initiatives
One of the Driver & Vehicle Agency's (DVA's) key aims is to reduce vehicle related crime. The DVA achieves this through a number of measures it has put in place.
Emphasising the importance of the Registration Certificate
The law requires someone selling a vehicle to pass the relevant part of the Registration Certificate to the purchaser and notify the DVA of the change. The DVA and the police strongly recommend that prospective purchasers have sight of the certificate V5/C(NI) and physically check details contained on it against the vehicle prior to purchase.
In order to tax a used vehicle with form V10(NI) (or V12 (NI) for heavy goods vehicles) it's necessary to produce the appropriate section of the Registration Certificate. So it's essential that the appropriate part of the certificate is passed on to the buyer when a vehicle is sold.
Vehicle identity checks (VIC)
The Vehicle Identity Check Scheme (VIC) was launched by the Department for Transport in April 2003. The scheme has been developed to help fight car crime by deterring criminals from stealing cars and passing them off as repaired accident damaged ones. Any vehicle notified to DVA Licensing on or after 7 April 2003 (regardless of the date of accident) as having been written off (category A, B or C) requires a VIC.
Certificates of destruction
The End of Life Vehicles Directive allows a certificate of destruction (COD) to be issued for a vehicle taken to an authorised treatment facility (ATF) for disposal The COD will be issued to the last owner or holder of the vehicle and will end the keeper's financial responsibility by updating the record held at DVA. To process end of life vehicles, the ATF must be licensed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
Registration of number plate suppliers
The register of number plate suppliers scheme (RNPS) has now been extended to include Northern Ireland. The scheme ensures that number plates are only sold by registered suppliers and to a purchaser who can show entitlement to a particular registration mark and can provide verification of personal details.
Number plate suppliers are required to keep records of sales and make them available for inspection by the police, trading standards, the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency or DVA enforcement officers.
Under the continuous registration system, the registered keeper of a vehicle remains financially responsible for the vehicle until DVA is formally notified of its transfer or disposal. This makes it possible to carry out enforcement from the record instead of relying on a sighting on the public road and encourages individuals to notify DVA of any changes in keeper details.
Name and address checks
To improve accuracy, the DVA has introduced new measures to check the name and address details which are to be entered onto the vehicle record. Documentary evidence is required to verify the name and address with forms V55/4 and V55/5. These are used mainly to register imported vehicles, rebuilds and kit built vehicles. More thorough measures are being taken to establish the true address when registration documents are returned undelivered.
You can find more information about vehicle crime from your local crime prevention officer at your nearest PSNI station.