Abbreviations Associated with Claims & Vehicles

  • ABI – Association of British Insurers
  • Clone – A stolen (or previously written off) vehicle bearing the identity of another
  • DVSA – Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, primarily known for its association with MoT
  • DVLA – Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • Finance – Hire Purchase (H.P.), Lease Agreements, Bills of Sale & Log Book Loans (LBL)
  • HP – Hire Purchase
  • LoS – Lost or Stolen – a categorization appearing upon PNC
  • MIAFTR – Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud Theft Register
  • MoT – Ministry of Transport (a ‘ministry’ that is no more).  The annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in the United Kingdom for most vehicles over three years old that is still referred to as the MoT from the 100+-year-old ministry
  • Motor Trader – A person or business engaged in the full or part-time importation, exportation,
    sale, leasing, financing, repair, maintenance, broking, repossession of vehicles or
    any company liquidators or vendor and/or installer of vehicle components (to
    include accessories and tyres)
  • NPIA – National Policing Improvement Agency
  • PNC – Police National Computer
    Ringer – A stolen vehicle bearing the identity of a vehicle previously deemed to be a total
    loss
  • Salvage Dealer – A party that engages, whether full or part-time (solely or as part of their
    business) in the dismantling, breaking of vehicles and/or the sale or repair of
    salvage (whether or not categorised) or trades as an assessor, engineer, claims
    management (or assistance) company or recovery operator.
  • Title – A legal right to property. ‘Ownership’ as opposed to ‘possession’
  • Total Loss – or ‘write-off’; where an insurer has deemed the vehicle to be uneconomic to
    repair and applied a salvage category
  • V5C – Registration Certificate (otherwise known as the V5, Registration Document or
    Log Book)
  • VIN – Vehicle Identification Number
  • VOSA – Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
  • VRM – Vehicle Registration Mark
  • Write-Off – see total loss (above)

Abbreviations commonly associated with police reports (a more detailed list can be found here – Abbreviations)

  • ACC/ACG Anti-Corruption Command/Group
  • ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers (of England, Wales & N.Ireland)
  • AFO Authorised Firearms Officer
  • AI Accident Investigator (traffic-related)
  • AOR Armed Operation Record
  • APA Annual Performance Appraisal (now replaced by PDR process)
  • ARV Armed Response Vehicle
  • AtW Access to Work (disability scheme)
  • BLO Borough Liaison Office/Officer
  • BOCU Borough Operational Command Unit
  • CAD Computer Aided Despatch
  • CARB Collision/Accident Report Book
  • CARM Computer-Aided Resource Management (duty-planning system)
  • CDOU Central Driving Offences Unit (formerly CO51 and Central Ticket Office; now Traffic Criminal Justice OCU)
  • CHAPS Clearing House Automated Payments System
  • CHIS Covert Human Intelligence Source (ie., police informant)
  • CIU Collision Investigation Unit
  • CJ Criminal Justice
  • CJU Criminal Justice Unit
  • CMRU Career Management & Retention Unit (part of HR5 People Development)
  • CMU Crime Management Unit (‘Crime Desk’)
  • CoP Code of Practice
  • CPG Corporate Performance Group (DCC2(4))
  • CPS Crown Prosecution Service
  • CPT / CPU Child Protection Team / Unit
  • CRIS Crime Reporting Information System
  • CRPV Crime-Related Property Voucher
  • CRTP Competence-Related Threshold Payment
  • CSM Crime Scene Manager
  • CTCJU Central Traffic CJU (part of Traffic Criminal Justice OCU)
  • CTG Central Transport Garage (MPS Transport Services, Lambeth)
  • CTN Coming to notice (of police)
  • DI Detective Inspector
  • DOD Destroy(ed)/Destruction on Division (property)
  • DPG Diplomatic Protection Group (SO16)
  • DPS Directorate of Professional Standards (DCC8)
  • DVLA Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (part of Department for Transport DfT)
  • EFS Equip for Service (unit of MPS Transport Services)
  • EO Executive Officer
  • ET Employment Tribunal
  • F&R Finance & Resources
  • FAC Firearm Certificate
  • FATACC Fatal Accident (traffic)
  • FAW Fairness at Work (internal complaints procedure)
  • FAWA / FAWAA / FAWC Fairness at Work Advisor/Appeal Advisor/Co-ordinator
  • FET Firearms Enquiry Team (SO19)
  • FIS Firearms Information System (MPS database)
  • FM Facilities Management (division of Property Services)
  • FME Forensic Medical Examiner/Examination
  • FPN Fixed Penalty Notice
  • FPU Firearms Policy Unit (SO2)
  • FRM Finance & Resources Manager/Management
  • H&S Health & Safety
  • HO/RT Home Office Road Traffic (reporting forms)
  • HOSPER Person taken to hospital where no relative or friend has been informed
  • HR Human Resources
  • HSE Health & Safety Executive (national H&S regulator)
  • IIC Internal Investigations Command
  • IND Immigration & Nationality Directorate (Home Office; incorporates UK Immigration Service)
  • IS Immigration Service (part of the Immigration & Nationality Directorate of the Home Office)
  • LEA Local Education Authority
  • LFMS Linguistic & Forensic Medical Services
  • LIO / LIU Local Intelligence Officer / Unit
  • LPO Lost Property Office
  • MAPPA / MAPPP Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements/Panel
  • MCAT MetDuties Central Administration Team
  • METSEC MPS Security Code
  • MG DD Manual of Guidance Drink Drive (national policy)
  • MI Management information
  • MIRSAP Major Incident Room Standardised Administrative Procedures
  • MIT Major Incident Team
  • MMR Monthly management report
  • MPA Metropolitan Police Authority
  • MPD Metropolitan Police District
  • MPFA Metropolitan Police Fund Account
  • MPS Metropolitan Police Service
  • MSC Metropolitan Special Constabulary (‘Special Constables/Specials’)
  • MSS Message Switching System
  • MVP Met Volunteer Programme
  • NFA No Further Action (decision not to proceed/prosecute)
  • NFLMS National Firearms Licensing Management System
  • NSPIS National Strategy for Police Information Systems
  • OCU Operational Command Unit
  • OH Occupational Health
  • OHA Occupational Health Adviser
  • OHPN Occupational Health Practice Nurse
  • OIC Officer in Charge/Officer in the Case
  • OP Observation Post (surveillance)
  • OVRO Overseas Visitors’ Records Office (SCD10(6); formerly known as G11 & Aliens Registration Office ARO)
  • PCN Penalty Charge Notice
  • PDR Performance Development Review (process)
  • PIB Performance Information Bureau (part of CPG Corporate Performance Group, DCC2(4); collate, store & present MPS corporate data)
  • PIMS Personnel Information Management System (database)
  • PNC Police National Computer
  • PPU Public Protection Unit
  • PPV Prisoner’s Property Voucher (now referred to as CRPV Crime-Related Property Voucher)
  • PRB Process Report Book (traffic incidents)
  • PSG Personnel Security Group (DCC8(8); part of DPS Directorate of Professional Standards)
  • PSU Police Support Unit
  • QA / QAO Quality Assurance/Officer (health & safety/risk management)
  • RFD Registered Firearms Dealer
  • RMB Records Management Branch
  • RSU Research & Survey Unit (PIB3; part of Corporate Performance Group CPG, DCC2(4))
  • RT Radio Telephony
  • RTC Road traffic collision
  • SFO Specialist Firearms Officer
  • SGC Shotgun Certificate
  • SIO Senior Investigating Officer
  • SLO Stores Liaison Officer
  • SOE Sexual Offence Examiner
  • SOE Special Order of Exemption (licensing)
  • SOP Standard Operating Procedure
  • SPP Special Priority Payment
  • STIO Senior Traffic Investigating Officer
  • STL Statutory time limit
  • SUDDEATH Sudden death where no relative or responsible person has been informed
  • TCJ OCU Traffic Criminal Justice OCU (formerly CO51, Central Ticket Office & Central Driving Offences Unit CDOU)
  • TCSH Transport Customer Service Helpdesk (MPS Transport Services)
  • TfL Transport for London
  • TIB Traffic incident board (deployed at serious or fatal incident scene)
  • TRIS Traffic Reporting Information System (MPS database due to be introduced in 2005)
  • TS Transport Services (of MPS)
  • TSU Training Standards Unit
  • UD Unintentional Discharge (of firearm)
  • UNIDENTB/P Unidentified body/person
  • URN Unique Reference Number
  • VCC Volunteer Cadet Corps
  • VDRS Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme
  • VE Vehicle Engineering (unit of MPS Transport Services)
  • VIP Volunteers in Policing (Met Volunteer Programme MVP)
  • ViSOR Violent & Sex Offender Register
  • WAB Witness appeal board (deployed at crime scene)
  • WDC Without due care (driving offence)
  • WTSS Weekly Trading Summary Sheet
  • WW Written Warning (disciplinary action)
  • YOT Youth Offending Team