Thousands back DVLA proposals

DVLA proposal

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More than 4000 enthusiasts have supported club-led proposals on how the DVLA can better handle cases involving classics.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) said that it is calling for new transport secretary Louise Haigh to help bring about a ‘pragmatic and constructive’ approach at the vehicle registration agency following its response to a government-led call for evidence that closed last Thursday (4 July).

A total of 4485 people responded to its proposals with 81.2 per cent agreeing with them in full, although some raised concerns over how kit cars and classics converted to electric power were handled in some cases.

Concern over restored cars and older vehicle registration

The Department for Transport launched its call for evidence following years of complaints – including many raised in CCW – from classic owners about how the DVLA handled cases, with difficulties in registering restored cars and older vehicles incorrectly being issued Q-prefix registration numbers being some of the biggest concerns.

The FBHVC, which is calling for clubs and classic experts to be more closely involved in the DVLA’s handling of classics, said in a statement: ‘The last three years have seen the FBHVC working hard to overcome a range of difficulties being faced by historic vehicle owners with the DVLA concerning vehicle registration.

‘Extensive dialogue with the Department for Transport and DVLA, has drawn attention to the current challenges and inconsistencies surrounding the historic vehicle community’s interaction with their policies. We would like to see, and are willing to work with the DVLA to achieve, a pragmatic and constructive registration regime.’

The response can be read in full on the FBHVC’s website.

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