§ Mr. Alexander
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce regulations to provide that, when a motor vehicle is written off for insurance purposes, that information must immediately be recorded on the vehicle's registration or log book.
§ Mrs. Chalker
No. An experimental scheme some years ago for recording "total loss" insurance payments on the vehicle log book did not prove successful.
My Department now has a voluntary agreement with insurers under which the police can inspect any written-off vehicles subsequently put back on the road. We are also exploring with the vehicle repair trade ways of preventing severely damaged vehicles from being repaired to inadequate standards.