DVLA set to ac­cept body re­place­ments

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Talks be­tween the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs and the DVLA have re­sulted in fresh co-op­er­a­tion in a bid to cut red tape and aid clas­sic car own­ers.

One of the first top­ics to be tack­led de­tails the orig­i­nal­ity of a car’s body. The FBHVC has voiced ‘great con­cern’ about mem­bers who have traded in the pro­duc­tion of rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies for ve­hi­cles where it is clearly iden­ti­fi­able from its chas­sis, but the ex­ist­ing body was not wor­thy of restora­tion.

Pre­vi­ously, the DVLA would not per­mit such a ve­hi­cle to be reg­is­tered, no mat­ter how good the restora­tion. Fol­low­ing talks, the DVLA now ac­cepts that orig­i­nal bod­ies may prop­erly be re­placed, be­cause they de­te­ri­o­rate over time.

New guide­lines sug­gest that the ap­pli­ca­tion should demon­strate that the re­place­ment body is one that could have been placed on it from the out­set, or is of a style which his­tor­i­cally has be­come as­so­ci­ated with the mar­que.

FBHVC leg­is­la­tion direc­tor Bob Owen says: ‘ The DVLA wants to as­sist in the preser­va­tion of our motoring her­itage. We look for­ward to a col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship.’

The FBHVC and DVLA are to de­velop a valid glos­sary of terms to iden­tify bod­ies which it will share in the fu­ture. www.fbhvc.co.uk

The DVLA is to al­low prop­erly re­bod­ied cars to be reg­is­tered af­ter talks with the FBHVC.

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