DVLA, MOT, Exporting
Update September 2015. Site updated February 2016, see "update" bottom of this page.|
My Champ's Road Tax (free) came up for renewal, I went to the DVLA's website and it showed that the Champ needed an MOT (see below for story) which it doesn't and, I thought, had been sorted. However I clicked on 'Continue' and the Champ was taxed.
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29 October 2013. This is an update to the paragraph, 3rd. box down, starting, 'Taxing a classic for the first time ...'|
Below is part of a letter I received from the DVLA
This is my reply to the DVLA:|
Taxing a classic vehicle for the first time after the new regulations on MOT exemption.|
The tax on my Austin Champ ran out on the last day of September 2013. In mid-August the usual reminder came from the DVLC and it said that my vehicle required an MOT certificate (which it doesn't). I sent the form back to the DVLC with a note asking for the vehicle details (the MOT requirement) to be amended but I never received a reply.
Taxing a vehicle at a Post Office|
Coming soon: an insurance certificate will not be needed to tax a vehicle at a Post Office as the PO will automatically check the insurance on the Motor Insurance Database (MID). Tip: when insuring or renewing insurance always check the database soon after at AskMID , the insurers should notify MID but mistakes have been made and the authorities can impound a car not on MID if the driver cannot provide proof the car is insured.
PRE-1960 Number Plates|
From media reports it seems that number plates on pre-1960 vehicles will not be able to be transferred\changed from 18 November 2012. This date is the same date that pre-1960 vehicles will become MOT exempt.
Many in the classic car world will be very pleased as they say that losing the original number is losing part of the history of the vehicle.
Champ registration numbers: there were no civilian WN1 army version Champs that I know of and when Champs were civilian registered in, mostly, the 1960's they received a dated number - a D at the end was 1966, e.g. GFL 852D.
Personally I would never have changed the dated number on my Champ as that number is part of its history. Some owners put the old army registration number - mine would be 26 BE 76 - on at shows but remember, anywhere the public have access to, from a pub car park to a show, is still subject to the Road Traffic Acts.
Fraud, Vehicles and Number Plates|
An owner bought a car, the DVLA was notified, and then letters arrived from the DVLA saying someone was trying to register the car in their name - the DVLA notifies the existing registered keeper that this is happening.
If the rightful owner does not reply within 14 days the fraudster, who is trying to register the vehicle in their name and, of course, ownership of the registration number, succeeds. What if this happened when the rightful owner was away on a long holiday?
In this owner's case the DVLA launched a fraud enquiry but then the owner saw an advert for his registration number! The car had to be trailered to a local DVLA office for verification.
Another case, a classic vehicle owner stored his vehicle in a lock-up garage but did not visit it very often, the vehicle was stolen and the thief succeeded in getting the vehicle registered in his name and sold it - the owner said he did not receive any letters. The rightful owner, eventually, got his vehicle back and the person who bought the vehicle (off the thief) lost his money. As you can imagine it was a long, fraught, miserable story.
Tip: if you do anything with the DVLA, either by snail mail or on line, make sure you have a reply, say, buying a tax disc and the tax disc does not arrive then find out why. O.K, in this case it is obvious but, say, sending in a log book (V5C) for alteration then keep track of dates and, of course, in the case of a getting a letter about someone tryng to register your vehicle in their name then, telephone, and confirm the call by a Signed For delivery letter.
Update February 2016 |
Proving an Austin Champ was manufactured between 1952 and 1956.
A Champ owner has obtained a certifcate from the British Motor Industry Heritage trust stating the Champ's manufacture date, click on the following to go the site, the cost seems to be £55.00!, but it may be worth it. BMIHT