Changes to VHI status

One of our two Pricewatch volunteers, Keith Belcher, spotted this letter from the DfT replying to an enquiry from a vehicle owner which has been posted on Facebook by Practical Classics.
Posted: 171205

Update: we have since heard that following contacts with the Practical Classics editor his Facebook post has been changed. It seems he had misunderstood the DfT letter.
Updated: 171206


Keith Belcher spotted this letter from the DfT replying to an enquiry from a vehicle owner which has been posted on Facebook by Practical Classics. The letter refers to changes to a VHI (Vehicle of Historic Interest) status with a modified chassis. DfT's reply alongside says "I should say that we are no longer proposing to use the DVLA's eight point rule for determining whether a modified vehicle should be designated as "substantially changed". We are working on an alternative version in discussion with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and other stakeholders. We hope to issue final guidance soon. Any VHI that is substantially changed will merely be required to have an MOT test."

Whilst not commenting on the discussions between the DfT and the FBHVC, Chris Hunt Cooke says he feels "the DfT letter has been misunderstood as the eight point rule remains in place for determining whether a vehicle falls into the radically altered category and is therefore not really the same vehicle and cannot retain the same registration number. The DfT announcement relates to the consideration of whether a modified vehicle falls into a new category of Vehicle of Historic Interest and can take advantage of exemption from MoT testing. DfT had been proposing to use the same rule to decide if a vehicle had been substantially changed and was therefore not considered to be a VHI. This is the proposal they have dropped."