steve_d Posted April 20, 2009 Share Posted April 20, 2009 As many already know there are issues over many of the vehicles we as a group run. If the vehicle has been modified, and in particular if the chassis has been modified in any way, we must inform the DVLA. If you inform DVLA they will most likely require the vehicle to take, and pass, an SVA test. The crunch is that there is no SVA group the vehicle can be tested under so it has to (by default) take the Enhanced SVA (ESVA) test. ESVA is primarily for imported production vehicles and requires you to demonstrate, by way of paperwork, that the vehicle complies with all the EC regulations. It is obvious that this is not going to be possible. As a result people are just not telling the DVLA and the vehicle remains illegal and could be impounded and crushed. At the same time insurance is no longer valid. During a recent browse of the IVA manual I detected a very subtle change in some wording compared to SVA. As a result I phoned VOSA and spoke to the technical advisor and had my discovery confirmed. The wording is as follows:- C. Amateur Built Amateur Built is one which is substantially constructed, assembled or structurally modified by the constructor (or others acting on their behalf) for personal use by the constructor. The critical bit is 'Structurally modified'. The guy at VOSA confirmed that this was specifically intended to encompass bobtail and trayback type modification of vehicles. He went on to say that you would still need to photographically convince them of amateur build but this need only include the cutting and shutting involved and not chassis up build. He even agreed that if I were to buy a bobtail already modified, but not declared, this could still be possible if the photos were available. This is, I believe, a great step forward even though the test is not easy to pass it is possible and will render the vehicle completely legal. I have further info regarding replacement chassis numbers and Light Goods vehicle testing which I can go into later but this will do for the moment. Steve Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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