The Motor Car Act 1903 led to the issue of the first registration number with one letter and one number like A1. After that, all the vehicles are supposed to be registered and mandatorily display a registration number.
The registration number must be displayed correctly by the order of the law. The vehicles are required to be identified for the road safety and the enforcement of the road traffic.
The age of the motorized vehicle is shown by the number plate. But, no one is allowed to make the automobile appear younger than its actual age through a personalized registration number with 4d gel plates.
The vehicles can exhibit black and silver plates. Since April 2015, the automobiles that were manufactured prior to 1st January 1975 are allowed to display the plates of the older style.
The owners need to apply to the DVLA and register under the historic vehicles’ tax class. It helps in retaining the authenticity of the vehicle and also be in its real age. The transports that are constructed at least 40 or more years ago are exempted from the vehicle tax. Even, the 40-year exemption date continues forward on its own every year on 1st April.
You are eligible to tax your motor vehicle in the class of historic vehicle tax if only it was manufactured before 1st January 1978. The qualifying vehicles are as follows:
- Private vehicles
- Light goods vehicles like buses used for community, voluntary and non-profit making works.
- HGV or Private Heavy Goods Vehicle. It excludes the vehicles meant for transporting freights on the public road for commercial purposes, even vehicles used for testing and driver training reasons.
- Special vehicles like road rollers, pumps and mobile cranes, digging machines ( not the haulage vehicles and showmen’s goods), and work trucks.
- Any haulage vehicle that is not used for the haulage purpose
- Special concessionary like the mowing machines, agricultural machines, gritting vehicles, snowplows, steam vehicles, and electric vehicles.
But, in certain conditions the vehicles cannot be taxed under the historic tax class:
- If the vehicle is meant for hire or reward
- A vehicle used for business or trade
If you own a historic vehicle, you won’t have to pay vehicle tax. But, you should still insure and tax it each year. As per the law, the drivers are supposed to be covered by motor insurance when they ply the vehicle on the public road.
You can tax your vehicle in the historic tax class at the branch of the post office that looks after the vehicle tax.
You need the following things:
- V5C (vehicle registration certificate)- It indicates the vehicle is manufactured or first registered before 1st January 1978. If you don’t possess a V5C and if you realize that the age displayed is not correct, you have to bring forth an extract from the manufacturer or record of the factory, and even from the right ‘Glasses Check Book’. The dating certificates arriving from the vehicle enthusiasts’ club are not allowed to alter the manufacturing date of a pre-registered vehicle.
- MoT certificate
The vehicles that are registered with an address of Northern Ireland require an insurance certificate or cover note. In this case, the downloaded copies are acceptable and not the photocopies. The certificate must be valid on the specific date the vehicle tax is established.
- V10 or the application for vehicle tax that you can receive from the government website of the DVLA and the post offices that handle the vehicle tax-related activities.
Again, when the vehicle tax is about to run out, DVLA sends a reminder for making a SORN or Statutory Off Road Notification.
If you won’t register your vehicle within the historic class, you won’t be able to display black and silver number plate. You are not supposed to rearrange the numbers or letters. You have to follow the rules mentioned for the font height and size measurements. You can lose the right to show the registration number if you do it in an improper manner.
If you become eligible to display a black and silver personalized plate, you have to enter your postcode for searching the nearest supplier of number plates who can make your plate up to the needed standard.