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New V5C to reduce vehicle crime


Thursday July 22nd 2010

The V5C has been re-designed to protect motorists from vehicle crime.

The Government has introduced the new registration certificates to help "buyers to protect themselves", junior transport minister Mike Penning said.

From August 15, the new certificates will be issued to all new vehicle owners and to those who change their existing details such as their address.

It will hopefully protect people's insurance policies and car value protector insurance cover.

In a written statement to MPs, Mr Penning said: "I am introducing the new certificate as a matter of urgency to help protect motorists from vehicle crime following the theft of a number of blank certificates in 2006.

"Vehicles have been stolen, cloned and sold to consumers using some of the stolen V5Cs.

"Buyers often mistakenly believe the V5C to be proof of ownership of a vehicle. This is not the case.

"The new V5C, which is a different colour, will make it clear the document is not proof of ownership and will help draw to an end the threat posed by the stolen documents."

The re-designed V5C will be issued to all remaining vehicles from July 2011 when they are next re-licensed or declared to be off the road.

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