HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 c77W
Mr. Win Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to make it compulsory for details of accident damage to be entered on motor vehicle registration documents with the name of the insurance company where appropriate and relevant. [25419]

Mr. Norris

Such an endorsement did appear on the old-style green logbook. The practice ceased in 1971 because it was found that it could give a false impression of a vehicle's condition. Some vehicles which were assumed to be unroadworthy were in fact repaired to a high standard. This reason is still valid today.

Officials are, however, discussing with the insurance industry and the police the possibility of making available to the public information on total loss vehicles.