Written-off vehicle reform proposed

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A proposal to reform WA’s written-off vehicle register could interrupt the stolen vehicle re-birthing trade and improve the safety of vehicles being driven on WA roads.

PROPOSED changes to WA’s written-off vehicle register will result in the status of a vehicle being visible on vehicle licence renewals.

On Thursday, February 1 Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Department of Transport had identified a number of areas of improvement within the written-off vehicle register framework and would work with industry to strengthen contracts, legislation, policies, systems and business processes as part of its commitment to safe vehicles.

Ms Saffioti said one of the first improvements was a consumer protection initiative, which would soon see the written-off vehicle register status of a vehicle visible on vehicle licence renewals.

She said the department was inviting both industry and the community to be involved in the stakeholder consultation which would kickstart the reform process.

“Both the community and industry will see benefits ranging from increased community awareness, interrupting the stolen vehicle re-birthing trade and improving the safety of vehicles being driven on WA roads,’’ she said.

“The reform of the written-off vehicle register framework will see an increased level of vehicle compliance, allowing prospective buyers to be educated on the purchase of a repairable written-off vehicle.

“The changes will mean prospective buyers are better informed about the history of vehicles which have previously been assessed as a write-off.’’