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New car certificate to 'beat crime'

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The Government has introduced a new vehicle registration certificate as a "matter of urgency" in a bid to protect motorists becoming victims of crime.

In a move that will interest car insurance providers among others, junior transport minister Mike Penning said the redesigned V5C document for vehicles would "help buyers protect themselves".

All newly registered cars will be issued with the certificates from August 15.

They will also be given out when there is a change in circumstance to an existing registration, such as the change of owner, or address.

In a written statement to MPs, Mr Penning said: "I am introducing the new certificate as a matter of urgency to help protect motorists from vehicle crime following the theft of a number of blank certificates in 2006.

"Vehicles have been stolen, cloned and sold to consumers using some of the stolen V5Cs.

"Buyers often mistakenly believe the V5C to be proof of ownership of a vehicle. This is not the case.

"The new V5C, which is a different colour, will make it clear the document is not proof of ownership and will help draw to an end the threat posed by the stolen documents."

The re-designed V5C will be issued to all remaining vehicles from July 2011 when they are next re-licensed or declared to be off the road.

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