Agency will make more clas­sic-friendly changes later this month

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Tom Sey­mour

‘It will make a huge dif­fer­ence to some of our cus­tomers who have his­toric or spe­cial build ve­hi­cles’ EMMA STEELE, DVLA DE­SIGNER

The DVLA has caved in to pres­sure from clas­sic car own­ers and is start­ing to add miss­ing mar­ques to its on­line data­base.

CCW’s own re­search shows that own­ers and prospec­tive buy­ers for pre­vi­ously miss­ing mar­ques such as Al­lard, Alvis, DeLorean, Cross­ley, and Stan­dard can now fi­nally look up MoT his­tory, tax and in­sur­ance data us­ing the DVLA’s on­line ser­vice.

The DVLA has re­fused to con­firm what makes have been added to the Ve­hi­cle En­quiry Ser­vice ( VES), or even when they were added, but has said that start­ing from ‘the be­gin­ning of May’, the VES will be up­dated so own­ers will no longer have to in­put the make of the ve­hi­cle to look up records – just the make and reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

Emma Steele, DVLA ser­vice de­signer, says: ‘This is a small but im­por­tant change be­cause it will make a huge dif­fer­ence to some of our cus­tomers who have his­toric or spe­cial build ve­hi­cles. As it stands, the sys­tem some­times doesn’t pick up those records, but it will once this change comes in.’

Other changes to come in­clude an ad­di­tional con­fir­ma­tion step to the on­line process of dis­play­ing par­tial ve­hi­cle de­tails to help users check that they are ac­cess­ing the cor­rect record. The DVLA web­site will also be up­dated to make it eas­ier for users to nav­i­gate.

Steele adds: ‘This is not the end – we’re al­ways look­ing to re­fine and im­prove our ser­vices. We’ve a num­ber of other im­prove­ments and ser­vice changes to make in the com­ing months.’

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FBHVC) said that it had been in­formed of the DVLA’s plans but had been told pre­vi­ously that the changes would be made in March.

The FBHVC con­firmed that no changes to reg­is­ter­ing clas­sics or mak­ing changes to the V5C on­line have been made yet.

Geoff Lan­caster, FBHVC com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, ex­plains: ‘ What you can­not do is en­ter a model name which does not have a V55/5 code.

‘If you do in­clude a model name in a reg­is­tra­tion form, the DVLA may pull the model and make boxes cor­rectly shown in the pa­per form into the just the make field in the on­line data­base. We think we have per­suaded them to stop this.

‘ We are still work­ing to per­suade the DVLA that when they de­fine a ma­jor soft­ware change they are plan­ning to their data­base, they will make it pos­si­ble to en­ter the model man­u­ally. I think they do un­der­stand but it hasn’t been for­mally agreed. We are hope­ful.’

The FBHVC’s rec­om­men­da­tion to those mak­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions for registrations, par­tic­u­larly in re­spect of older over­seas ve­hi­cles which are not likely to have rel­e­vant codes, is to not com­plete the ‘model’ por­tion of the V55/5.

If you own a car like this Stan­dard, then ex­pect on­line MoT checks to be more straight­for­ward.

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