DVLA TROU­BLES WITH MY TRI­UMPH STAG’S V5C

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With the run-up to my car be­com­ing tax ex­empt, I thought I would get ahead and get my V5C changed. The DVLA had my car as a 1978 model as this was the date it was fi­first road reg­is­tered, but the Bri­tish Mo­tor In­dus­try Her­itage cer­ti­fifi­cate clearly shows it was man­u­fac­tured on 8 June 1976.

I knew this to be the case be­cause the chas­sis num­ber was from that year – LD42204A. The reg­is­tra­tion mark for the car is AFG 482S, which is cor­rect be­cause the car fi­first went on the road in June 1978.

So I sent the V5C off, along with the Her­itage cer­ti­fifi­cate, to get the man­u­fac­ture year changed to 1976. All seemed well at this point. Then back in the post comes a new V5C show­ing DVLA has al­tered the man­u­fac­ture year to 1976 and showed the date of fi­first reg­is­tra­tion as 1978, but is­sued me with a new num­ber plate – now PHH 583P.

I phoned them to state I did not want the reg­is­tra­tion changed, but we went round in cir­cles about the year of build and the date of reg­is­tra­tion. So now I am left with a car that has AFG 482S on its plates and a V5C show­ing PHH 583P.

This means the car is now in­cor­rectly in­sured, taxed and MoT’d. Is it my fault that the car must have sat around in a Tri­umph deal­er­ship show­room for the best part of two years wait­ing for a home?

One last thing, my £45 Her­itage cer­ti­fifi­cate was not re­turned ei­ther. Ian Banks, Sut­ton, Sur­rey We’ve passed your let­ter, in full, to the DVLA for com­ment – Ed.

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