requests from members, clubnights will start promptly at 8 pm from now on. The
Bridge House carvery is £5.95 and well worth it. There is no need to book
ahead as 20 places are reserved for club members every month.
- 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.
Anyone with any alternative legal way to dispose of tyres contact the
club so we can share.
DVLA Updates on vehicle registration -
Consequences of Discontinuance of the Tax Disc. DVLA,
accurately in the vast majority of cases, has been referring to the tax
ending on Ďsaleí. 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 donít 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
view your driving record, eg vehicles you can
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 canít use this service:
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:
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.
From 8 June 2015 new
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 wonít 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
driver record, and can be viewed
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
a vehicle: how to prove your driving record after 8 June 2015:
8 June 2015, you may wish to check with the hire company what they need to see
when you hire a vehicle. If youíre asked for evidence of what vehicles you can
drive or confirmation of any penalty points, you can
a unique code from GOV.UK which allows you to share your
driving licence details or you can download a summary of your driving licence
record. The code lasts for up to 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to
make any necessary checks. If you cannot generate a code online then you can
call 0300 083 0013 and
will provide you with a code. Alternatively,
you can call
0300 790 6801 and leave permission for your driving record to be checked
verbally by a nominated hire company. This also applies if you have a paper
licence that was issued before 1998. Not
all vehicle hire companies will ask for this information and we advise that you
check with your hire company. Click here to download a Word Document full description.
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.
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.
RESTORED AND RE-REGISTERED CAR NEED AN MOT? -
date for MOT-exempt vehicles is 1960. However, if you have had to
re-register an A7 and it shows "Date of first registration" on your V5C to
be later then 1960 then it's slightly more complicated. The DVLA keeps
a record of "Date of Manufacture" which, presumably, will still be in the
30s and the date of manufacture takes precedence over the date of
registration. If you're still in doubt, ring the DVLA and they will
tell you whether your specific vehicle needs an MOT.
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". See June's
newsletter for further details.
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 Iím confident that we wonít 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.
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 stateís rules for vehicle upkeep.
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
donít. Personally I think this will end up ensuring that people
continue to MoT their classics, they just wonít get the official
Newsletter by e-mail:
Even if you have chosen to
receive the newsletter by post, you
can still receive the club's monthly newsletter in glorious Technicolor by e-mail.
Just e-mail the editor and you'll be added to the circulation list.
You will still get the hard copy by post, of course, and the electronic
version doesn't arrive until after the normal posting so you won't get at
the adverts any quicker. But it's all in colour!
PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCES EXPIRE: 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
Failure to be a member of a recognised Austin 7 Club may
invalidate your insurance with Footman James or Richard HoskEn.