VED tech­ni­cal is­sues solved

FBHVC ‘im­pressed’ by DVLA’s will­ing­ness to help

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚

The DVLA has fixed a tech­ni­cal prob­lem that pre­vented some clas­sics from gain­ing Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty (VED) ex­emp­tion.

As re­ported in our 14 June is­sue, some own­ers of clas­sic ve­hi­cles that were man­u­fac­tured in 1976, but not taxed un­til the fol­low­ing year, were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems in gain­ing ex­emp­tion from VED charges. It has since emerged that in a re­cent meet­ing with the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FBHVC), the DVLA ad­mit­ted to the prob­lem and fixed it in­ter­nally.

Ge­off Lan­caster, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for the FBHVC, says: ‘We held one of our reg­u­lar re­view meet­ings at the DVLA’s head of­fice in Swansea last week. The meet­ings cover a very wide range of is­sues and are a demon­stra­tion that de­spite the very small pro­por­tion of DVLA’s huge work­load rep­re­sented by his­toric ve­hi­cle sec­tor, the depart­ment is still will­ing to in­vest con­sid­er­able time on our be­half.’

At this meet­ing, the DVLA also con­firmed that there have been no changes to pre­vi­ous re­quire­ments for the ap­pli­ca­tion process. Ve­hi­cle keep­ers need to pro­vide man­u­fac­tur­ers’ records or, in a few cases, ap­proved her­itage cer­tifi­cates. The re­place­ment V5C will still not show date of man­u­fac­ture. This so­lu­tion will con­tinue to ap­ply in fu­ture years as VED ex­emp­tion rolls for­ward.

Bob Owen, leg­is­la­tion di­rec­tor of the FBHVC, adds: ‘We’re are grate­ful to the staff of the DVLA who put a lot of ef­fort into quickly solv­ing a tricky prob­lem.’

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