VED exemption extension update

A recently release document from DVLA Swansea clearly states that taking vehicles in and out of the Historic class is something that cannot be done at a Post Office but has to be done via DVLA at Swansea. Also getting 1973 as the year of manufacture recorded on the V5C of a qualifying car has to be done through DVLA Swansea.

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Eagle-eyed Chris Hunt Cooke came across a DVLA update on the closure of local offices yesterday. He says he found a a copy of DVLA document INF259 on the Road Haulage Association website. That document clearly states on page 9 that taking vehicles in and out of the historic class is something that cannot be done at a Post Office but has to be done via DVLA at Swansea. So Chris does not think trying to tax a vehicle in the historic class at a local Post Office is going to work until the V5C of a qualifying vehicle has been first updated by DVLA at Swansea.
See a copy of INF259
Getting the date of manufacture recorded on your V5C
James Brooks Fisher has an MGBGTV8 which will qualify for the VED exemption extension due to apply from 1st April 2014. He reports "having obtained a certified record of the car's factory record from the BMI Heritage Trust, I sent this together with the existing V5 document to DVLA in Swansea and, about three weeks later, received a replacement V5 (now a V5C). The new V5C, at items 3 and 10, now includes the words 'DECLARED MANUFACTURED 1973'. However, at item 10, under the taxation class, it still quotes 'PRIVATE/LIGHT GOODS (PLG)' with a footnote explaining that 'The tax class shown can only be changed when taxing. Please apply at your nearest DVLA office'." That footnote must need updating because, with the closure of the DVLA local offices between October and December 2013, that application will have to go to DVLA at Swansea.

Two part process
As James Brooks Fisher reports he has already succeeded in getting the DVLA to amend his V5C to show his car was manufactured in 1973,
we can see there are two parts to the process - first applying to the DVLA Swansea to have the year of manufacture recorded on the V5C and then applying to the DVLA Swansea for a taxation class change from PLG to Historic which again needs to be recorded on the V5C.

As the taxation class can only be changed when taxing the car, it seems likely that many owners of qualifying cars will make a combined application in mid March 2014 to record the year of manufacture and to change the taxation class with their application to tax the car at the NIL tax disc rate which is due to apply from 1st April 2014. However there might be some benefit in applying early to establish the year of manufacture on the V5C and then applying for the taxation class change and a NIL tax disc in early to mid March 2014. DVLA is likely to be quite busy with VED exemption extension applications in the second half of March next year.
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