Numberplate woes solved
DVLA updates website to incorporate rules implemented two years ago
An outdated webpage on the DVLA’s website offering incorrect information to millions of classic car owners in the UK has been amended.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After CCW pointed the error out to the DVLA, the organisation has since replaced the outdated website.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DVLA spokesperson, David Whitbread, says: ‘We have amended the page to make clear that the outdated publication has been withdrawn.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.