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DVLA Call For Evidence


6th Jun 2024


The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have launched a call for evidence around the existing policies and registration processes for historic, classic, and rebuilt vehicles.

The move follows some 18 months of dialogue between the FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs) and representatives of the Department for Transport (DfT) and DVLA, which sought to draw attention to the current challenges and inconsistencies surrounding the historic vehicle community’s interaction with their policies.

The announcement was made at Bicester Heritage on 9th May, and the DfT and DVLA say they aim “To seek expertise and knowledge about whether these policies need updating to reflect evolving technologies that support the restoration and rebuilding of these vehicles.”  The consultation now offers the FBHVC’s member clubs the opportunity to shape the creation and evolution of policies to preserve our ability to restore, register, and use historic vehicles efficiently and fairly for tomorrow’s roads.

The document is complex, and the questions cover many topics that require a detailed understanding of the issues and technicalities involved. Furthermore, the historic vehicle community must work together to create a consensus that accurately reflects the community's requirements.

Therefore, the FBHVC has innovatively publicly published its positioning statement to give everyone a voice and make completing the consultation document less onerous. The positioning statement is split into sections relating to each part of the official consultation document that the FBHVC will complete on behalf of the community.

The Federation's team, led by Chairman David Whale; IT Director Tim Jarrett and his team, Legislation Director Lindsay Irvine and DVLA Liaison Manager Ian Edmunds, have formed a provisional response to each section and each question, that all members of the historic vehicle community can now read and indicate support for through an electronic survey.

If you disagree, a further box requests more details to incorporate those views into the final response. Once the feedback to the FBHVC survey is collated, a formal consultation response document will be published by the Federation and submitted to the Government, representing the responses received.

You can contribute to the consultation response here: