British Motor Museums

21st October 2021

On the road to resolution: DVLA & Classic Car Groups join forces to solve registration problems

The inaugural meeting of the Historic and Classic Vehicle User Group took place on 7th October 2021. This brought together the DVLA, key membership groups, the Association of Old Vehicle Clubs in Northern Ireland (AOVC), the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), and the industry representative organisation - the Historic and Classic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA).

While millions of people use DVLA’s many online services, it is facing unprecedented challenges through the backlog of paper applications created as a result of Covid restrictions and industrial action. It is also facing significant challenges in relation to the approval of registrations of historic and classic vehicles.

“The meeting was extremely positive and the discussion very open” said Garry Wilson, CEO of the HCVA. The meeting saw the DVLA clarify existing processes and policies including the registration of a broad spectrum of historic and classic vehicles.

Each of the member associations and the HCVA presented details of their organisations and their top challenges - which were presented positively and received as such by the DVLA.

Guy Lachlan, Director HCVA said “This is a significant step to the sector supporting our vehicle licensing body to help them to support the sector, a win-win”. Garry Wilson added “These things take time and whilst we will target some short-term positive outcomes, we urge patience as we establish the Historic and Classic Vehicle User Group and strengthen the positive relationship created at this first meeting”.

About the HCVA: The ‘not for profit’ alliance was launched in May with a mission to protect and promote the sector and secure its long-term future. In just four months HCVA has built a strong membership base across the industry, owners and enthusiasts.

Amongst the HCVA’s early achievements is to open a new dialogue with the DVLA and other key membership groups. It has also led campaigning to raise awareness of challenges around the introduction of E10 fuel.

The sector’s contribution to the UK economy is huge. It also provides training places and apprenticeship schemes, giving opportunities to young people.




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