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The changes would see experts from the classic car industry helping to deal with registrations for restored classic vehicles. Under current rules, drivers who restore models must apply directly to the DVLA for a new registration or the original to be re-allocated after their work is complete.
However, the DVLA has confirmed they will look into whether they can work with industry experts to put into place specific guidelines for classic owners.
It comes after DVLA staff confirmed they were experiencing backlogs of between six and 10 weeks on paper applications.
The revelation came after the DVLA gave evidence at yesterday’s Transport Committee meeting.
Member Karl McCartney MP asked Ms Lennard to respond to complaints from the classic cars sector that dealing with the DVLA was difficult.
He said the classic sector claimed working with the DVLA was a “torturous process” plagued by “delays in communications, errors and inconsistencies and questionable application of the rules”.
He suggested the DVLA may consider exploring collaborative ways of working with the industry.
He used the Civil Aviation Authority as an example which entrusts the Light Aircraft Association to assess and consider air worthiness of models.
Mr Mckay said experts at the Historic and Classic Vehicles Association (HCVA)and the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Club (FBHVC) had people on hand which were “specialists” in their subject.
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Julie Lennard, DVLA chief executive said classic registrations were a “contentious area” due to the “value of the vehicles”.
Responding, she said: “We run lots of different user groups for really dedicated specific stakeholders.
“I am very happy to have another look at whether we need to do something very specific for the classic car industry and market.
“Very happy to take that away.”
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