We'd like to thank all the forum members who have replied to us, its been a positive response. Just to clear up a couple of the questions or comments that have been posted.
We've taken note of the thread outlining all of the tags that have been sold on various websites and forums. We work with other Police agenices and where appropriate we will forward information to the correct units.
I understand that some of you may have in the past attempted to check a vehicle to see if its stolen. The Australian Government provides the PPSR Personal Properties Securities Register. It is a $4.00 fee to conduct a check. If a vehicle is listed as stolen on the national data base it should appear on the PPSR.
Some of you may not realise but our unit does not just investigate stolen vehicles and we take a proactive approach to the whole industry. In the past we have provided advise to other Police services both nationally and internationally, Insurance companies, the media and local car clubs. For example Australian Muscle Car Magazine had 2 articles about the potential issues faced by owners of Muscle cars, both instigated by our unit.
The question of VP or Police numbers has been raised. Those numbers are issued by the Roads Corporations and not by the Police. A vehicle may have identification numbers which have an error, have been damaged or tampered with and so that all confusion is taken away from those numbers a surrogate number is then issued in replacement and all corresponding numbers crossed referenced to the new surrogate number.
We look forward to any further assistance or information that forum members may want to provide.
Welcome aboard VP, its good to see a proactive approach.
I have often thought that some people will always exploit the vagaries of law and lack of knowledge of others (caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, The purchaser is responsible for checking )
this is were a simple and easy to use information source is paramount. And I cannot understand why we are so far behind NZ in information that would reduce crime or deception in the automotive arena.
It surely would reduce crime if their system was introduced. Specifically odometer readings past and current.
??? will this happen in Australia, I hope so.
Application for registered person name and address (MR31)
Request for motor vehicle details (MR32)
Request registered person confirmation
Check if a vehicle has been reported stolen
Some motor vehicle register information can be sourced through third parties who include the information with their vehicle information reports. The process and cost of requesting these reports is determined by the relevant third party.