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CHANGE IN CLUB NIGHTS:
Club Nights have now changed from the 2nd
Thursday to the 3rd Thursday in the month. This also means that
other programme dates will have moved, so please double check on
the events page for all actual dates.
Austin Seven Centenary Rally 2022:
The Rally is still in early planning stages but the
Association is looking for volunteers, for more information.
Message from John & Sue Legg:
When we spotted that Marion and Peter Lawson are
in charge of the Welcome and Reception areas, we immediately
offered to join their team. Some of you will know them from the
brilliant ‘The Only Tour is Essex’. So, if you feel that being
part of the welcoming team is a way that you could support the
event then please contact Marion and Peter at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Peter asked me to emphasise that
volunteering will only be for a few hours at a time as we
obviously want the volunteers to enjoy as much of the week as
anyone else. There is Centenary website
which has an informative ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page and
you can also sign up for email updates.
Nick Salmon is in charge of the FAQ so if there is still anything it doesn’t answer, just let his know and he will add your question to the list. Booking is expected to be available September 2021. Let’s hope that by then we will be able to gather safely to celebrate the Seven’s history over the past century. NB: No dogs are allowed at the event as they train sniffer dogs on the site.
DA7C CAR WINDOW STICKERS are available from Roger Ballard at club night or on club runs, just ask Roger. There are a limited number and these are only for your A7 not your modern car. Please stick with pride.
ASSOCIATION GREY MAG OPT OUT Some of us receive duplicate copies of the Grey Mag from other clubs. To save the trees, if you wish to not receive one from DA7C, please let Roger Ballard know E-mail: email@example.com
New Rule for Club Runs: Due to the number of cars on our Club Runs the Committee have had to introduce a new rule which is that only Austin Sevens and big Sevens can participate in our Club Runs. If for some reason you are not able to be in an Austin Seven, then please stay right at the back of the convoy throughout the Run, or preferably meet us at the pub in your vintage or modern motor car. We are sorry for any inconvenience to members, but we are keen to maintain the goodwill of fellow motorists, and to encourage us all to use our Austin Sevens.
NEW FUEL PUMP LABELLING:
Fuel From September 2019 petrol stations will be adding labels showing the level of Ethanol and Biodiesel. Blending biofuels into regular petrol and diesel reduces CO2 emissions, helping us to meet climate change commitments. Petrol, which contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, will be labelled ‘E5’, while diesel, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will be labelled as ‘B7’ . The important point to note is that the level of Ethanol has not changed, it is just the addition of a label.
POSITION FROM RH:
Spring is here! Well, nearly. With the melting of the snow, the sun is creeping back into our lives in more ways than one. We’re still some way from a full return to normal life, but hopefully we can enjoy our classic cars and bikes again pretty soon.
With that in mind, let’s seize the chance to get the best, most cost-effective insurance cover sorted now. Our needs might have changed in recent times. For example, we might be working from home. Our vehicle values might have gone up (or down). Have we got the right level of insurance cover for our pride and joy?
Emma Airey, Head of RH, says:
“We can arrange a complimentary ‘Policy Health Check’. It’s a chance for you to re-assess the mileage you’re likely to do this year in your classic and everyday vehicles and choose the cover that suits each vehicle best.
Many people have suffered a loss in earnings that’s led them to cancel some expenditure, including insurance. But even when times are hard, we can protect a classic car that’s off the road with laid-up cover starting from around £50 a year*. Why risk going uninsured?”
No fees – nothing to lose!
Unlike so many other insurers, RH won’t charge you a single penny in admin fees to alter your policy. You can upgrade from laid-up to comprehensive, downgrade from comprehensive to laid-up cover, or increase the mileage limits as our freedoms return - all without being charged a fee – just a pro-rata increase – or refund – in premium.
Bought a lockdown classic? Whether it’s a project or one that’s ready to go, you may not have had a chance to drive it yet. That should soon change, so give RH a call today to get your insurance fixed. Finding the right car is hard – sorting out the perfect cover with RH is the easy bit!
The RH team’s motto:
“We treat every car owner like a VIP.” Contact RH Specialist Vehicle Insurance by calling 0333 043 3911
LATEST INSURANCE POSITION FROM RH:Vaccination numbers continue to soar, so get your classic ready for a gentle easing of lockdown by sorting your perfect insurance cover.
LATEST BREXIT POSITION (From RH
Brexit - and driving in EU
The deal between the UK and the EU did NOT include the UK remaining in the European free circulation zone. Therefore, UK motorists will need to carry a valid Green Card when driving their vehicles in EU countries. Clients may also need an International Driving Permit, should have a GB sticker on their vehicle and also carry a copy of their V5 document when driving in the EU. See https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad for full details.
The good news is, if you’re an RH client, you won’t be charged a single penny in admin fees when requesting a Green Card. You can elect to receive your Green Card via email (you would need to download and print a hard copy) or by post. If you select the postal option, you are asked to allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. You can provide the RH team with details of your intended travel in EU countries either via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 0333 043 3911.
The following is a
statement of the effect of recent legal changes to requirements
for MOT testing of vehicles at least 40 years old.
has been historically preserved or maintained in its
original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the
technical characteristic of its main components.
On 20 May 2018 the Motor Vehicle (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 came into force. Regulation 7 sets out that any car, van (under 3.5t) or motorcycle which is being used on a public road is to be considered a vehicle of historic interest and therefore no longer required to hold a valid MOT certificate if it:
a) was manufactured or registered for the first time at least 40 years previously
b) is of a type no longer in production, and
This amended the previous exemption from MOT testing for cars, light vans or motorcycles manufactured in 1960 or before.
has been historically preserved or maintained in its
original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the
technical characteristic of its main components.
V5C CLASS: if your Austin Seven is due an MOT, you will need to declare it as a Vehicle of Historical Interest when you renew your Road Tax. The responsibility to ensure the declared vehicle is a VHI and meets the criteria, rests with the vehicle keeper as part of their due diligence. If a vehicle keeper is not sure of the status of a vehicle, they can consult a marque or historic vehicles expert, a list of whom will be available on the website of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. Click here for an advisory paper with more details.
MOT CHANGES: The Substantial Change which is still draft but may impact on your car. “Most vehicles first registered over 40 years ago will as of 20 May 2018 be exempt from periodic testing, unless they have been substantially changed. The Ministry of Transport has recently (January 2019) has issued a letter of clarification which can be read and/or downloaded here. The FBHVC suggest that drivers of "Historic Class" vehicles carry a copy of this letter in their cars in case they are stopped by the Police for not having a current MOT.
(06/08/20): Restarting MOT Testing
Mandatory MOT testing has been reintroduced as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle. Click here for the full government announcement
LICENSING VEHICLES WITHOUT AN MOT: According to the DVLA, if you tax your A7 online, the system should recognise we don't need an MOT but if you tax it at a post office then you will have to fill in another, new form V112 "Exemption From MOT Testing".
MOTS & INSURANCE: An
Important Message from Richard Hosken:
We have no intention of requesting an annual condition check as we are using our risk selection to ensure that we have the true enthusiast who will do this as a matter of course anyway rather than the people who get bored with an older car and let it wither and die. With the line being drawn at pre 1960 I’m confident that we won’t see people buying them as a means of cheap transport to get round the annual condition checks as they are just too old for everyday transport.
With regard to going abroad this is fine as long as you comply with the individual traffic regulations in each country and the vehicle condition rules of their home state. If you are moving or leaving your vehicle abroad then it will need to be re-registered and will then come under that state’s rules for vehicle upkeep.
The unknown factor will be the effect it has on values in the market place between one that has the yearly upkeep history against those that don’t. Personally I think this will end up ensuring that people continue to MoT their classics, they just won’t get the official government certificate.
MOT INFORMATION ONLINE For sometime you have been able to check to see if a car has an MOT and the Mot history, your car or any car you know. Recent updates to the on line service means you no longer need to enter the make just the registration number. In the case of some Austin Sevens the make is mis-recorded as say “AUSTINRUBYDELUXE ”. Now just enter the car registration and all the details are there for you. Click here You can also check the MOT history of any vehicle: click here
USE OF LEDs IN A7s: Click here for a statement by the FBHVC
TYRE DISPOSAL - For those who change tyres at home Councils are changing their policy re disposal of tyres. Dorset from the 1 September 2016 charge £5; Hampshire will no longer dispose of tyres; Wiltshire appear to still dispose of tyres for free. The general advice isto take old tyres to a reputable tyre fitter who will probably ask for a small charge.
DVLA Updates on vehicle registration - click here.
Consequences of Discontinuance of the Tax Disc. DVLA, accurately in the vast majority of cases, has been referring to the tax ending on ‘sale’. But actually the tax ends on change of keeper. Not all changes of keeper are the result of a sale. To take one instance, if you pass on your treasured historic vehicle to your son or daughter you probably will not think of that as a sale. You will more likely think of it as a gift. But to make it work you will have to complete the relevant parts of the V5C to provide notification of change of keeper to DVLA. When you do that, the tax ceases. It is automatic so there are no exceptions. So don’t be caught out. Simply, whenever you change the keeper you need to renew the tax.
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard
driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by
The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could
not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories
you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. View our
information about the driving licence changes. Please note, this does not
affect photocardlicences issued by DVA
in Northern Ireland. This service replaces the
of your licence from 8 June 2015.
You can use this service to: view your driving record, eg vehicles you can drive, penalty points and disqualifications & create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, eg your employer or a car hire company. The check code will allow someone to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last 8 characters of your driving licence number. You can’t use this service: if your licence was issued in Northern Ireland; to check the progress of a licence application; to check historical information, e.g. expired penalty points or old driving licence entitlements
What this means for you:
Customers with existing paper counterparts: If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
Customers with paper driving licences: Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed. If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
Penalty points (endorsements): From 8 June 2015 new penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From this date, if you commit an offence you will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change. For photocard licences, the court will retain the paper counterpart and only return the photocard to you. For paper licences, the court will return it to you but they won’t have written or printed the offence details on it. This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post. The courts are unable to respond to queries about the destruction of your paper counterpart. Any concerns about this process should be directed to DVLA.
It would appear that some motorists face £1,000 fines as thousands of PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCES expire because they are unwittingly driving without a valid licence. They have failed to spot that their photocard licence automatically expires after ten years and has to be renewed. Motoring organisations said most drivers believed, wrongly, that their new-style licence was for life and blamed the Government for the fiasco. A mock-up driving licence from 1998 when the photocards were launched shows the imminent expiry date as item '4b' They said officials had failed to publicise the fact that photocard licences - unlike the old paper ones - expire after a set period and must be renewed. Drivers have to pay £17.50 to renew their card, which will earn the Treasury an estimated £437 million over 25 years. The first batch of ten-year photo licences was issued in July 1998, and the confusion has come to light as they start to expire. DVLA figures reveal that while 16,136 expired this summer, so far only 11,566 drivers have renewed, leaving 4,570 outstanding. With another 300,000 photocard licences due to expire over the coming year, the number of invalid licences could soar. A total of 25 million have been issued. At the heart of the confusion is the small print on the credit card size photo licence. Just below the driver's name is a numbered series of dates and details. 4b: The small print on the back of the driving licence is easy to miss. Number '4b' features a date in tiny writing but the significance is explained only if the driver turns over the card and reads the key on the back which states that '4b' means 'licence valid to'. Even more confusingly, a table on the rear of the card sets out how long the driver is registered to hold a licence - that is until their 70th birthday. Motorists who fail to renew their licences in time are allowed to continue driving but the DVLA says they could be charged with 'failing to surrender their licence', an offence carrying a £1,000 fine. Thanks to Ron Kentish of the A7OC for this timely warning
SORN DECLARATION: There is one detail that emerged from the recent DVLA changes which may be of interest and relevance to Club members, which may not be common knowledge: It is no longer necessary to make a SORN declaration annually. Consequently, reminder notices are no longer being sent to owners. The only time that a vehicle already with a SORN declaration must be re-registered is when it changes ownership. The SORN status of a vehicle can be verified on the DVLA website using the 11 digit reference number on the V5C log book and the registration number.PETROL WITH ETHANOL IN IT ABSORBS WATER which results in phase separation with the pink petrol floating on top of the milky looking ethanol/water slurry. The product life of petrol is only 30-45 days in our open petrol tanks which means that at this time of year with the infrequent use of our cars, combined with the high levels of humidity in the atmosphere, we need to be particularly concerned about rusting of the petrol tank and damage to everything down-stream, as well as the lowered octane and the ethanol/water mix causing problems with the running of the car. Ethanolmate may help to overcome some of the problems with ethanol in petrol, but there is no better solution than regular use of the car.
DATA PROTECTION NEW LAW
DA7C PRIVACY and DATA PROTECTION POLICY
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - May 2018