for cars built in 1973|
tax disc but you will need to apply
Unless you take action to apply for
"Historic"status for an eligible car, an application for a road tax
disc will not automatically result in your receiving a free disc or "NIL
value" disc as it is known. At
last the procedure for how to get the taxation class changed from PLG to "Historic"
for an eligible car and apply for a NIL value disc has been obtained from DVLA.
can I get the DVLA forms?
You can download the forms from the the gov.uk
website or pick them up at a local Post Office that can issue road tax discs.
Download a form and guidance on how to fill in form V10 and make
an application for a tax disc. Form
Post your VED exemption
application and forms to DVLA
DVLA, Swansea SA99 1DZ
of your application
As your tax class change and NIL value disc application
will contain important documents - V5C, MOT and insurance certificates and a Heritage
certificate - we strongly advise using a Royal Mail recorded delivery service
or even a registered post option to be certain you have evidence of your posting
those documents to DVLA. It will also be prudent to take good quality photocopies
of each document so you can retain them.
What do I do if my current
road tax disc runs out before 1st April 2014?
If you want to run your car
on the roads in the short period from the expiry of your current disc until 1st
April then you will need to tax your car for 6 months and then subsequently apply
for a refund with your application for a change of tax class and a NIL value disc
from 1st April 2014. Clearly it would be simpler to declare a SORN for that short
period and live without the car.
See our earlier NEWS items on VED exemption
the Budget in March 2013 we have known a car built in 1973 will become road tax
exempt from 1st April 2014 and at last the procedure for getting the taxation
class changed from PLG to "Historic" for an eligible car and applying
for a NIL value disc has been obtained from DVLA. |
To change the taxation
class to "Historic" you will need to obtain a DVLA road tax application
form V10 and complete the details ensuring you state the car is "Historic"
in the section for the tax class. You will also need your red V5C (UK Registration
Certificate) and in section 7 Changes to Current Vehicle you need to enter "Historic"
in the taxation class box (see below). You will see in the footnote that "the
tax class shown in section 4 can only be changed when taxing. Please apply to
your nearest DVLA local office". The DVLA local offices closed at the end
of 2013 so the applications now go to DVLA Swansea. Your application will also
need to enclose your current MOT certificate and certificate of motor
insurance. If your car was registered after 31st December 1973 but built before
that date then you will also need to provide evidence of the build date
- see below.
evidence can I provide as proof of the build date?|
Our recommended document
is a Heritage certificate issued by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust
(BMIHT) at Gaydon which holds the MG production archives. In an earlier contact
with the archivist at the BMHIT he indicated that the date accepted by DVLA as
the "built" date for a Factory MGBGTV8 is the "Date through paint
finishing". This date is shown on the Heritage certificates that BMIHT produces
with the production numbers and data for individual cars. Those Heritage certificates
bear the BMIHT seal to authenticate them. Details of the various Heritage certificates
and how you can purchase one online are available in the Archive Services section
of the BMIHT website.
can I get a preliminary indication of whether my car was manufactured before 1st
We can provide an indication of the "build date"
for your car from a handmade copy of the Factory production control records made
by the late Geoff Allen in the last weeks before the MG Plant finally closed as
he was concerned the original records might be binned and lost for ever. As it
was a handwritten copy we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data in every case
but so far, from the checks made comparing that data with the information on several
Heritage certificates from BMHIT Gaydon, there were no signs of serious variances
in key dates like the "Date through paint finishing". So for the modest
charge of only £5 you can buy a Factory records search for your V8 online
on our V8 Grapevine website. Link
Register - MG Car Club - the
leading group for MG V8 enthusiasts at www.v8register.net|