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Hi All

So a couple of years ago I looked into getting my lightweight tax exempt got as far as finding out from British Heritage that my vehicle is 1973 vintage this was via an e mail have not as yet applied for proper certificate. The lightweight is also on a Q plate. It is my understanding that this can also be exchanged for an age related number plate. I would be gratefully if anyone could shed some light on the process as it is today in achieving tax exemption. Thanks in advance

Regards Stephen

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This might help, I know they have recently re-introduced the rolling historical vehicle exemption as 40 years+:

https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles

https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles/apply-for-vehicle-tax-exemption

Hope this isn't stuff you already know.

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You will need the plate change and DVLA to agree its over 40 .Then you simply go to Post Office, apply for tax class change to VHI , you will pay tax at that point, but as soon as its confirmed as VHI you will get a refund.

 

If it remains on a Q it will not be eligible for MOT exemption.is my understanding

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I'd wonder why it's on a Q plate if it's original it should have an age-related plate... has it been modified, written-off or rebuilt etc. at any point?

Some people would consider being on a Q plate advantageous.

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44 minutes ago, FridgeFreezer said:

I'd wonder why it's on a Q plate if it's original it should have an age-related plate

Used to be quite common for ex-military stuff. AFAIR it just meant the original build date hadn't been established, and the new owner just wanted to put it on the road with least hassle.

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My understanding is that quite a few ex military vehicles did go on Q plates assuming a shortage of age related plates due to the amount of military vehicles released into civvy street at the time but that would be a guess I will enquire via Gaydon and see what happens

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With the current climate at DVLA you are stuck with the Q plate and all that goes with it.

When Qs were originally introduced it was because DVLA were not 100% certain of the age (nothing to do with availablility).  Within 12 months of registering. if you were the person who registered it and you could provide documentation (not a heritage certificate) you could apply for an age related registration.

However DVLA got very lax and anyone who had a Q reg who could provide the proof of age would get an age relate plate.

About 2 years ago DVLA tightened this up again and decided to apply the rule to the letter (along with a few other things that affect vehicles not on their database such as no stamped in number on the chassis no registration).  I have a copy of the letter that they sent out to all car clubs.

They are apply ing the Q plate rule rigidly.

Peter

 

 

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On 4/28/2019 at 8:18 AM, Romahomepete said:

 I have a copy of the letter that they sent out to all car clubs.

Care to post it up, because our club has never had a letter from the DVLA!

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Posted (edited)

I think I perhaps made an error in saying all car clubs.  I will try to find it but as far as I know it was only sent to clubs that are authorised by DVLA under the V765 scheme to inspect vehicles.

 

Peter

Edited by Romahomepete

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I forgot to say

I am sure that the information is on the DVLA web site and if you cannot find it then a quick phone call will generate a response from them

Peter

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