HC Deb 30 April 1986 vol 96 c403W
Mr. Crowther

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will introduce legislation to require that when a vehicle is resold after having been the subject of a write-off decision by an insurance company, that fact is recorded on the registration documents.

Mr. Michael Spicer

[pursuant to his reply, 28 April 1986]: I am aware of the problems associated with the resale of written-off vehicles and my Department is invesigating the options for improving the position with interested parties, expecially the police. Recording the fact that a vehicle has been written-off on the registration document would, however, create a number of problems. It would not, for instance, be possible to identify all potential safety risks by this method and many of the vehicles so identified would have been repaired to perfectly acceptable safety standards. The best safeguard for those buying used cars is to have them checked by independent experts.