tries to calm concerns over historic vehicle checks|
concerns amongst vintage car enthusiasts over rumours relating to the DVLA investigations
and the associate letters they have issued are reported as causing the vintage
car scene concern with some people "scared of rebuilding vintage cars
because they don't want to get into trouble with the DVLA." But some
classic car enthusiasts with modified or converted cars from the 1970s may also
have concerns and will be watching these developments and statements from DVLA
with a great deal of interest.
Car Weekly is a well regarded classic car newspaper which comes out on Wednesdays
providing news items, vehicle reviews and private and trade adverts. More
some time there have been concerns over the provenance of some vintage and
classic cars and we had heard that DVLA had, in a relatively few cases, been
carrying out investigations to establish that the original registration and the
authenticity of a small group of vehicles. The Federation of British Historic
Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), which represents most historic vehicle clubs in the UK,
has also been actively involved in discussions with the DVLA over issues related
to the registration of historic vehicles and the issuance of age related vehicle
registration numbers (VRNs).|
The DVLA has sought to calm the situation
as rumours and speculation saying "its initiative asking some historic car
owners to validate their vehicles' identities is not part of a wider campaign
to crack down on classics with non original parts or modifications". In a
copy of a statement from John Vale (team leader for DVLA registration policy),
given to Classic Car Weekly and obtained from the DVLA press office, he sought
to clarify the position saying it's important to "understand what DVLA is
trying to achieve through the current exercise which has seen letters sent to
a number of classic car owners." Some of the few letters that have gone out
may have been circulated freely causing plenty of concern and controversy.
is in the statement from DVLA?|
A copy of the statement released by the
DVLA press office says:
I think it is important
your [CCW] readers understand exactly what DVLA is trying to achieve through the
current exercise, which has seen letters sent to a number of classic car owners.
This is not a crackdown as suggested and DVLA does not intend to call into question
the authenticity of all classic vehicles, potentially withdrawing their historic
status. This exercise is intended to establish the authenticity of a small
group of vehicles.
FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs) has been consulted and acknowledged
DVLA has a legal responsibility to maintain an accurate record. Where doubt
is cast over the accuracy of the records held, thorough and proportionate investigations
are necessary. As your readers will know, classic vehicles qualify for an
exemption from vehicle excise duty and an exemption from vehicle testing if pre-1960.
They can also display period registration numbers. It is vital, therefore, DVLA
holds accurate records.
I can confirm again that this exercise is in no
way linked to the introduction of any EU Directive. Nor does it extend to some
of the examples mentioned in your [CCW] article of 22nd July. For instance I am
aware of a recent V765 application (to register a vehicle under its original registration
number) where a vehicle was shown on the original old style logbook as a four-door
saloon and when presented for registration had been altered to a two seat sports.
Not surprisingly further investigations were necessary in this case.
response to our letters has been encouraging. We appreciate the uncertainty felt
by the classic car owners, however, the number potentially affected is very small.
Where investigations establish that the original registration was incorrect these
vehicles will require re-registration under an alternative registration.
John Vale, team
leader, DVLA vehicle registration policy
"alternative registration" comment presumably refers to the issue
of Q-plates for cars of indeterminate origin.
What information has the
In the latest quarterly FBHVC report received this morning
there are several lengthy reports which members may find interesting as they provide
background and a number of useful insights too.
DVLA - Correcting Registrations
this report Bob Owen explains at some length but I feel in view of all that has
happened it is essential that you all understand where we are and how we have
got to this position. See
the Regular Meeting Between DVLA and FBHVC
In this report Ian Edmunds
covers the topics of "V765, Evidence for Applications" and "Replacement
Bodies and other Parts", "Vehicle Inspections", "Age related
plates" and more saying many of you have contacted the Federation in the
last few weeks with various comments and questions relating to changes in DVLA
policy with regard to the evidence required to support V765 applications for the
reallocation of original registration numbers. See