VCRAT progress report (March 2002


Vehicle Crime


VCRAT Recommendations: Progress March 2003

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Better vehicle security

  • Electronic immobilisers on new cars.

  • Compulsory since October 1998.

  • Compulsory electronic immobilisers on used

  • This recommendation is not being
    implemented. Instead, motorists are being
    encouraged to fit electronic immobilisers or
    mechanical ones where the value of the car
    makes this more appropriate.

Better enforcement

  • Police identify and spread good practice.

  • Raising the profile of tackling vehicle
    crime within the Police Service so that all
    forces give it the same high priority. The
    Best Value regime, including individual force
    targets, will help.

  • The Vehicle Crime Reduction toolkit
    (launched in January 01) contains advice on
    evaluated initiatives and those that look
    promising in the light of experience. It is
    aimed at the wider crime reduction community
    (not just the police) and is the main means by
    which good practice is spread.

  • Good practice seminar for partnerships to be
    held in March 2003

  • Police given training in key vehicle crime
    reduction messages.

  • Three pilot training courses (“Driving
    the Action”) were held in 2000 for police
    and local authority Community Safety Officers
    on developing effective vehicle crime
    reduction strategies. A further four courses
    were held before the end of April 2002.

  • Make more information available to police at
    the roadside (i.e. bulk access to DVLA�s
    drivers records, Motor Insurance Database
    (MID) of insured drivers and to computerised
    MOT records).

  • Bulk access to DVLA drivers records is
    provided for in Section 71 of the Criminal
    Justice and Court Services Act 2000 and was
    brought into effect on 4 March 2002.

  • MID became operational in July 2001. Section
    36 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 gave
    police bulk access to the MID so that they
    could use it proactively to identify uninsured
    drivers. Provision expected to be implemented
    in January 2003.

  • Computerised MOT records will become
    available by the end of 2003.

Secured Car Parks

  • Steps should be taken to promote the scheme
    to ensure highest possible levels of take-up.

  • As at 3rd March 2003 there were
    1210 car parks with Secured status in England
    and Wales.

  • Steps taken to support the scheme include�49.5
    million of the CCTV Capital Modernisation Fund
    has been allocated to 247 bids to improve
    security in 794 car parks, of which 427 will
    seek “Secured” status.

  • Home Office funding to support the work of
    the Regional Development Officers employed to
    promote the scheme in 2002/3 was �300,000
    with further funding of �225,000 for 2003/4

Information Systems

  • Establish direct link between DVLA and Motor
    Insurance Anti-Fraud and Theft Register (MIAFTR).

  • Current plans are for this to be established
    during March 2002. Annotation of the Vehicle
    Registration Document with a “seriously
    damaged” marker to be implemented 7 April

  • Extend coverage of MIAFTR information to
    include fleet and other self-insured vehicles.

  • The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing
    Association (BVRLA) has incorporated a
    requirement to notify MIAFTR in its Code of
    Conduct. The next steps are to encourage other
    fleet owners and self-insurers to follow suit.
    (Consultations required with Association of
    Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Association
    of Insurance Risk Managers in Industry and
    Commerce (AIRMIC)). [April 2003]

  • Make more information available to police at
    the roadside (ie DVLA driver records, MOT and
    Motor Insurance Database of Insured Drivers).

  • See “Better Enforcement” above.

  • Establish dedicated VCRAT Task Group to
    examine linkages between computerised
    information systems.

  • A VCRAT Information Systems Task Group has
    been established in order to ensure that best
    use is made of computerised information
    systems in tackling vehicle crime.

Regulation of the salvage industry

  • Enhance existing Motor Conference Code of
    practice for disposal of motor salvage.

  • Agreed within VCRAT Task Group.

  • Statutory backing for enhanced Code of

  • Achieved by Sections 1-16 of the Vehicles
    (Crime) Act 2001.

  • Regulations came into effect on 21 October

Improve DVLA procedures and control supply of
number plates

  • Raise status of Vehicle Registration
    Document (V5) by:

  • Requiring it to be produced at re-licensing
    if the DVLA reminder is not used;

  • Charging a fee for issuing a duplicate V5;

  • Requiring proof of identity when V5 issued;

  • Annotate V5 with information on
    “seriously damaged” vehicles and
    provide a telephone hotline to the public;

  • Establish electronic links with the motor
    salvage industry;

  • Establish a voluntary system to track
    vehicles through the motor trade;

  • Establish a trailer registration scheme.

  • Tighten up supply of number plates.

  • Establish a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC)

  • Achieved through Section 32 of the Vehicles
    (Crime) Act 2001. Implemented 1 February 2003;

  • Implementation date 1 January 2004.

  • Expected implementation during 2004.

  • V5s will be annotated with information on
    “seriously damaged” vehicles from 7
    April 2003; the telephone hotline for the
    public has yet to be confirmed.;

  • Link established October 2002

  • Pilot in September 2003 with a roll out
    programme late 2003 early 2004

  • Implementation date to be confirmed;

  • Achieved by the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.
    Regulations came into effect on 1 January 2003

  • Achieved by Section 33 of the Vehicles
    (Crime) Act 2001. Expected implementation
    date: 7 April 2003


  • Raise profile of vehicle crime in public

  • Home Office launched three year national
    vehicle crime reduction communications
    campaign. First phase launched October 2000.

    website established containing information on
    the campaign and pdf versions of various

  • More strategic “brand partnership”
    activity planned for the next financial year.

  • Competition launched in January 2003 for
    voluntary community groups to enter vehicle
    crime reduction projects/campaigns to be
    copied and adapted elsewhere.

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Last update:  1 April 2003

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