An appeal to Irish and British vehicle owners who have been sold an insurance write-off
The online survey “Bridging the Gap” offers potential victims of these insurance write-off vehicles the opportunity to respond to specific questions for owners of mechanical vehicles including motor homes, camper vans, cars, vans, trucks, tractors and motorcycles.
Link to survey here: https://tinyurl.com/r5ae5z4s
Some sellers try to pass off Category C (S) or Category D (N) vehicles as non-damaged motors by hiding their past. The buyer might not be aware the vehicle has previously been damaged and so could pay over the odds for an insurance write-off.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the resale of Category C (S) and D (N) vehicles is not controlled because there is no mechanism to determine whether these recycled vehicles are repaired to a degree such that they are secure and safe to drive.
Equally there is no mechanism or available evidence to determine the magnitude of these vehicles (which are not repaired to a standard which offers safety and security to the driver and passengers) which may fail mechanically. As these vehicles are unsafe, they may be involved in road traffic collisions and as consequence cause injury or death to the vehicle occupant. However, the quantity of these vehicles is an unknown throughout the British Isles (the island of Ireland and Great Britain). There is a huge knowledge gap between what is suspected and what the real effects of these insurance write-offs are on our roads.
Experience from police investigations has demonstrated that people who have been victims of unscrupulous sellers and have as a consequence, suffered financial loss and/or injuries, are very helpful and willing to report in detail their misfortunes. Bridging this knowledge gap can offer governments, from road safety authorities through vehicle registration agents to the police, an opportunity to ensure that our roads become a safer place for road users.
This initiative is an Irish/Anglo collaboration of automotive engineers, law enforcement and research analysts, endorsed by the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) and supported with a grant from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.
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