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DVLA assessment of "reconstructed" classic vehicles

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Board of the AOC are aware that some registered keepers of historic vehicles, although not Alvis cars as far as we know, have very recently received correspondence from DVLA requesting information 'about the provenance, construction and origin' of their vehicles in order to confirm that they have been correctly registered. The DVLA's concern appears to be that some vehicles with age related registration plates have been incorrectly registered. The wider problem for historic vehicle owners is that the letter has been written in such a way that it could be construed that any vehicle which has been subject of a major restoration or repair might be deprived of its correct age related registration because of the change it has undergone.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicles (FBHVC), an organisation to which the AOC belong, is aware of the correspondence and its implication for both restored vehicles and those undergoing restoration. The Federation has already attended a meeting with the DVLA and has been assured that it is not their intention to issue an information request to all registered keepers of historic vehicles. The Federation will maintain its dialogue with the DVLA and will be representing the views of members clubs at such meetings.

The Federation's statement subsequent to the DVLA meeting can be found at:

If any club members receive a DVLA information request letter in respect of their Alvis, they are encouraged to inform the Secretary in order that appropriate representations might be made via the FBHVC.

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