An updated insurance industry code of practice for dealing with motor salvage has been published to reflect the increasing complexity of newer vehicles which can make it harder for damaged cars to be safely repaired.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI), which co-ordinates the code, shared the results of an extensive review ahead of the new code coming into effect on 1 October 2017. It follows two years of engagement with stakeholders including insurers, vehicle manufacturers, affected government departments and agencies, police and the vehicle leasing and salvage industries.

Published ten years after it was last reviewed, the new code has a greater focus on the condition of the vehicle rather than repair costs.

Ben Howarth, Senior Policy Adviser for Motor and Liability at the ABI, said: “The salvage code is a great example of the insurance industry working together for the good of the general public. It’s important the code moves with the times, and this update takes account of two years of consultation and extensive technical  scrutiny from Thatcham Research. The changes are focused on making the UK’s roads safer, and ensuring that consumers have transparency about the history of vehicles they are considering buying.”

Tamzen Isacsson, SMMT Director of Communications and International, said: “Manufacturers design and build vehicles to the highest possible safety standards. Today’s announcement is a positive and significant step by industry, insurers and governing bodies to further improve safety on our roads and ensure there is clarity on whether an accident-damaged vehicle is fit for repair or should be scrapped.

“We welcome the new voluntary code, but putting a complete stop to the unscrupulous activity of repairing vehicles that should be scrapped will require legislation.”

The new Code of Practice for the Categorisation of Motor Vehicle Salvage can be seen in full here.