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The UK government wants your views on the future of classic cars

Looks like restomods are giving the DVLA a bit of a headache...

Published: 10 May 2024

The UK government has launched a ‘call for evidence’ to figure out what to do about historic vehicles and modified classics in the future.

Apparently, the way classic cars are categorised by the DVLA hasn't been updated since the 1980s. And with more and more of them getting the restomod treatment – like the e-Type by Electrogenic pictured above – the process to register them is badly in need of an update.

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So, it sounds like it wants ideas on how to reduce red tape (or at least make it less of a pain to sift through) so that old cars are less of a hassle to modify. All while protecting buyers, of course.

The classic car sector is worth some £18 billion per year and the government claims the changes it wants to make will boost jobs in the industry.

Julie Lennard, boss of the DVLA, said: “As evolving technologies continue to improve the way classic, historic and rebuilt vehicles can be modified and restored, we want to ensure that we keep the policies and registration processes for these vehicles up to date.

“This is one of the many ways we are looking to make things easier and simpler for our customers and we want to encourage enthusiasts and those individuals and organisations with a keen interest and expertise to share their views with us.”

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DVLA, easy and simple aren't words that are always found in the same sentence. But hey, can't hurt to try, right?

The window to respond will run until 4 July 2024, and you can send in your suggestions by means of... a 29-page form. Clearly they’re being very thorough...

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