GBB and Banwells have assisted the BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates programme with an investigation into written off vehicles returning to the roads.
GBB were contacted by BBC Researcher Ruth Evans and Banwells chief engineer Phil Watchorn gave his views on vehicle categorisation and the potential steps to avoid vehicles reappearing in a dangerous condition.
The programme focussed on Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner John Dwyer who says more should be done to stop vehicles that have been improperly repaired being sold to an unsuspecting public. He says there’s a risk of serious injuries and even fatalities. A number of cases were highlighted during the programme.
Cheshire’s PCC said: “I’m advised by professionals that we are experiencing about a quarter of a million vehicles a year returned to our roads that have been inappropriately repaired so there’s quite a serious issue because it does expose the occupants of the vehicle to quite serious risk of fatality or serious injury.
“I think there needs to be a central database which records all vehicles that have been structurally damaged, records how they have been repaired, and in that way then we’ve got a complete audit trail of the history of the structure of that vehicle, and I think if we were to get that then things would improve across the board. It ought to be a government agency doing this as this is for the benefit of the public as a whole and I think DVLA have a key role to play in this and that’s what I’d like to see happen.
“It’s not a matter of whether we bought such a vehicle – this is a big issue for me as a Police and Crime Commissioner because I want to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads in Cheshire. This issue actually affects the roads and vehicle users across the country as a whole. It’s important that we have this debate across the country and make our political leaders aware of just what the risks are here.”
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