Have your say on the DVLA

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by Phil Bell |
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Could your project car lose its original identity after restoration?

The Department for Transport and the DVLA is seeking your input into policies affecting registration and identity of restored and rebuilt classic vehicles. The move comes after criticism of current DVLA processes and decisions by classic owners and restoration businesses.

There’s particular concern that the complexities of parts replacement and modifications during a rebuild aren’t judged appropriately when decisions are made about whether a car should retain its original registration number or be issued with a Q plate.

The survey also asks for input on how a classic or historic vehicle should be defined, whether they should have their own safety checks as distinct from an MoT test.

Two organisations representing the interests of the historic vehicle movement are advocating different approaches to the survey.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is seeking to collate your inputs in order to present a coherent response to DVLA that represents the scale of the historic vehicle movement, while making the complexities of some questions easier to deal with: http://evidence.fbhvc.co.uk

The Historic and Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA) is calling for individuals to complete the survey directly: http://www.gov.uk/government/calls-for-evidence/registering-historic-classic-rebuilt-vehicles-and-vehicles-converted-to-electric-call-for-evidence

The deadline for submissions is 4 July 2024.

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