Starting in January 2012 a new stricter MOT will be introduced as the EU brings in a minimum standard of vehicle testing across all member States.Share
All tow bars fitted since that 1998 must be Type Approved or are illegal for use.
The vehicle must also show a GVTW (Gross Vehicle Train Weight) on its VIN plate to ensure it is not overloaded beyond its design capacity.
Some modern vehicles are NOT approved for towing by the manufacturers and so any towbar fitted will be illegal.
The ability to source vehicles via the Internet means that many are choosing to import ready-built modified vehicles at realistic prices.
Many may be spurred on by the statement that BIVA (Basic Individual Vehicle Assessment)only applies to post 1998 vehicles and that an older vehicle won’t be a problem.
If anything that appears to be too good to be true ever true?
In 2007 the DVLA issued a consultation document regarding number plate supply in the UK :-
After all the replies to this document were received the DVLA released the findings of the consultation :-
In the past DVLA have only required supporting evidence on a change of cc when it has affected the taxation rate of the vehicle by going to a lower class, if it went to a higher class it was just accepted. It has been their policy to request written confirmation from the garage that carried out the work and to withhold the issue of a new V5C until their request has been met.