Num­ber­plate woes solved

DVLA up­dates web­site to in­cor­po­rate rules im­ple­mented two years ago

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An out­dated web­page on the DVLA’s web­site of­fer­ing in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion to mil­lions of clas­sic car own­ers in the UK has been amended.

Two years ago, the DVLA qui­etly an­nounced that the leg­is­la­tion re­lat­ing to his­toric ve­hi­cle num­ber plates is now ap­plied on the same ba­sis as rolling tax ex­emp­tion.

How­ever, the DVLA’s guid­ance on its web­site hadn’t been up­dated since 2012. Un­til last week, it still stated that ‘All ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured af­ter 1.1.1973 must dis­play num­ber plates of re­flex-re­flect­ing ma­te­rial’ and that ‘Ve­hi­cles con­structed be­fore 1.1.1973 may dis­play tra­di­tional style “black and white” plates’.

Af­ter CCW pointed the er­ror out to the DVLA, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has since re­placed the out­dated web­site. The cor­rect in­for­ma­tion now reads: ‘Since April 2016 ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1 Jan­uary 1976 can dis­play the older style plates.’

DVLA spokesper­son, David Whit­bread, says: ‘We have amended the page to make clear that the out­dated pub­li­ca­tion has been with­drawn. The web­page now di­rects mo­torists to the lat­est pub­lished in­for­ma­tion.’

Ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1 Jan­uary 1976 can have old-style plates.

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