Returning a motorcycle to the road post accident

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Dear Vehicle and Operator Services Agency,

Searching the Internet there is so much misinformation surrounding the return to the road of written off motorcycles.

To help clear up the matter, please can you state the minimum legal requirements for returning an accident damaged motorcycle to the road in the following circumstances:

a) The motorcycle has been declared a Category C write off
b) The motorcycle has been declared a Category D write off

If you could clearly outline each step involved in the returning the above vehicles to the road I would be most grateful.

Yours faithfully,


Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

Dear Michael.

Thank you for your email enquiry dated 21st August 2012 concerning the

It is firstly important to note that write off categories are not immutable
rules but rather the opinions of those assessors inspecting the vehicle.
Therefore it is entirely possible for a category C write off from one
provider could be a category B from another.

Taken that into account to return a written off motorcycle to the road
requires only that the vehicle be repaired to a road worthy standard. Some
insurance providers require a new MOT be conducted but this is purely their
own company policy and not national law any pre-existing MOT remains valid
regardless of a write off.

A scheme called the Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) operates in regard to
written off cars where they have to have their identity confirmed after a
write off. However this inspection does not apply to motorcycles and even
for cars in non-statutory (i.e. the car can still be used if it has all the
normal documentation regardless of the need for a VIC).

I hope this information has assisted you with your enquiry, but if you have
any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Kind Regards

Mark J Evans
Customer Service Centre
VOSA Operations Directorate
Tel: 0300 123 9000

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- Returning a motorcycle to the
road post accident

Can you help with this one please.

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