DVLA and DVSA in MoT mix up

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚ ve­hi­cleen­quiry.ser­vice.gov.uk

It’s now eas­ier for own­ers to check if a clas­sic car has MoT and tax on the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Agency (DVLA)’s on­line data­bases.

The Ve­hi­cle En­quiry Ser­vice (VES) has been up­dated so that own­ers will no longer have to in­put the make of the ve­hi­cle to look up records – just the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber. This is set to help out clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts, be­cause many cars are in­cor­rectly reg­is­tered.

Other changes in­clude an ad­di­tional con­fir­ma­tion step in the on­line process of dis­play­ing par­tial ve­hi­cle de­tails to help users check that they are ac­cess­ing the cor­rect record.

How­ever, at the time of writ­ing the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVSA)’s web­site – check-mot.ser­vice. gov.uk – does not have the new for­mat.

The DVLA’s me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer, David Whit­bread, says: ‘Our web­site has been up­dated to the new for­mat, how­ever, the web­site where peo­ple can check the MoT his­tory of the car is run by the DVSA, and not the DVLA. It has not been up­dated.’

CCW has con­tacted the DVSA and is await­ing a re­sponse.

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

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