DA7C NEWS PAGE
last update: 05/03/19
SEE NOTE BELOW ABOUT BREXIT
Vince Leek has a new email address: A7VCL@icloud.com.
Nick Mouat's wheel building has moved to Workshop 5, The Business Park, Sarson Lane, Amport, Andover. SP11 8DY Tel: 07717 570814
BEAULIEU A7 RALLY (This is a correction to the club magazine): Dear Austin 7 Chums, Just to confirm that this year's rally at Beaulieu will be on Sunday 7 July. This year's special theme will be "Bring a Box to Beaulieu", featuring Chrome Radiator A7 Saloons from 1930 to 1934. Entry forms will be available during March on the 750 Motor Club website. Ian Nelson 750MC
RUN LEADERS NEEDED for May, Aug, Sept, Oct; Trundle Leaders required for Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept.
LATEST STATEMENT ON ETHANOL FUEL. Click here.
FBHVC BREXIT CHECKLIST
The Federation recognises
that you might be considering taking your historic vehicle across the Channel,
or into the Republic of Ireland, this year. You might be concerned about
what will be different if the UK should leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without
any deal having been achieved. In anything concerning this subject, in the
first instance you should consult Government websites. As departments develop
their plans, information is posted online on a regular basis.
The following are areas which the Federation considers you should think about if you are intending to travel, either as a driver or passenger.
o You should consider your insurance, both vehicle and personal.
o The Insurance Directive will cease to be effective and there could be changes to how claims would be dealt with. Ask your motor insurer.
o You may require a Green Card to visit EU countries, and not all EU countries accept the same Green Card. Your motor insurer should know the various rules
o Your European Health Insurance Card will no longer be of any effect. Thus you should consider establishing that your insurance cover includes full health insurance, including, if required, cover against the occurrence of existing medical conditions.
o You may need any
driver to acquire an International Driving Permit
o You will require to show a separate GB plate even if your vehicle is identified as being registered in the UK by the EU ‘GB’ number plate.
o The Roadworthiness Testing Directive will no longer apply. You may wish to submit your vehicle to an MOT test, even if it is exempt, so that you will be in possession of evidence that the vehicle has passed a roadworthiness test if local law enforcement requests.
o Not all local Low Emission Zones currently exempt historic vehicles. There may be some which exempt only historic vehicles from the EU. You will need to check locally.
DATA PROTECTION NEW LAW
DA7C PRIVACY and DATA PROTECTION POLICY
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - May 2018
V5C CLASS: if your Austin Seven is due an MOT from 20th May, 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 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
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.
USE OF LEDs IN A7s: Click here for the FBHVC article on the use of LEDs. Also watch out for updates here.
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 before the next committee meeting on 16th March. E-mail: email@example.com
CLUBNIGHTS - Following 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.
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. Anyone with any alternative legal way to dispose of tyres contact the club so we can share.
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.
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.