VED technical issues solved
FBHVC ‘impressed’ by DVLA’s willingness to help
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.’