to VHI status|
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.
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.
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."|
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."