The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council has released its new Damage Assessment Criteria for the Classification of Statutory Write-offs. In introducing these criteria the NMVTRC noted that “Australia is making important changes to the way it manages written-off vehicles (WOVs) to improve the safety of repaired write-offs and combat the activities of profit-motivated vehicle thieves and fraudsters who try to manipulate related industry and government practices.”
These criteria will now be adopted progressively by each State and Territory government and will become law over the next two years. Tasmania is the first off the rank in incorporating the new criteria into their regulations.
The guide "Damage Assessment Criteria for the Classification of Statutory Write-offs" introduces new assessment criteria to ensure that WOVs which should not be repaired on safety grounds are consistently identified and appropriately classified as suitable only for dismantling or scrap. The guide is intended to be used by all persons who are required to classify WOVs for regulatory purposes including insurance personnel, auction houses, motor car traders, and automotive dismantlers or recyclers or vehicle owners.
Also, the NMVTRC has published additional information on the development of the criteria and when they are scheduled for implementation around Australia is available here.
The above Guide, and the FAQ document can be downloaded from the NMVTRC website - go to here:
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