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Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:40 pm
by Yojimbo
Gaydon seem to have details on everything British except Reliant.

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:51 pm
by scimjim
Given that the Heritage Trust was formed by BLMC and houses their records, it's easy to see why they have much of the UK car building history. BL Ltd/BL plc/Rover Group/BMC/BLVC/BLMC included through various takeovers and mergers: Unipart, Rover, Morris, Austin, mini, innocenti, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Triumph, Wolseley, Vanden Plas, Lanchester, Daimler, Riley, Standard, BSA, Austin-Healey, Leyland trucks, Scammel, AEC, LDV, Leyland buses, Leyland tractors, Aveling-Barford, Freight Rover, Alvis, Nuffield press, Coventry Climax (did I miss any other companies that they managed to totally asset strip and ruin with short term policies and sell offs?)

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:00 pm
by Roger Pennington
It's something that tends to be forgotten these days, but I believe at one time Reliant was Britain's largest independant motor manufacturer. It's a shame they never really get the credit for it.

cheers,

....Roger

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:18 am
by stocks71
Renewing the tax on the Scim last year gave me that warm fuzzy feeling. Disc was passed back to me and no cash parted from my company. Joy O Joy. If Mr Blair had not capped the 25 year thing back in 98 what other freebie tax cars could we have now. Anything 84 or before?.

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:03 pm
by Roger Pennington
stocks71 wrote: If Mr Blair had not capped the 25 year thing back in 98 what other freebie tax cars could we have now. Anything 84 or before?.
Someone with a better memory than me may know more, but I think I'm right in saying the exemption was never actually "rolling" forwards as such. It was introduced as a pre Dec '72 (i.e. 25 year) exemption, and there was a widespread expectation that the following year the date would be moved forward 1 year, but that never happened, and the date was simply left as it was, so there wasn't actually any "capping" as such, simply a "failure to proceed" (as Rolls-Royce owners say!). In other words, the incrementing of the cut-off date was never automated.

cheers,

....Roger

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:29 am
by stocks71
It was just a one off rule then that has set the cut off point :). Interesting Roger. I always thought that it was rolling and that if you had a 50's car say, it would be free road tax in the 80's. I wonder who the MP was who brought forward this 25 year/pre 73 rule that has stood and hopefully shall stay stood for future years. I shall vote for him/her.

Bound to be a Toff with a E-type. Good on him.

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:00 am
by andrewcollins
Not sure I agree with you Roger

From what I remember this was a rolling 25 years ( I remember thinking that my GTE would becoming tax exempt in 2005 ) .... until the government froze it in 1998.

Andrew

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:57 pm
by Elizabeth's dad
You're right Andrew, it was a rolling 25 year exemption as introduced by the Conservatives under John Major, but it only lasted a short time before Labour came in and froze it (I think in fact it rolled over once from 1971 to 72). I believe it was because there were too many cars able to last 25 years and so the cumulative loss of income was considered too great (at least according to a comment I read by Lord Montague). As of 2010, any car registered in 1985 would have qualified and things such as Audis and Porsches were being galvanised by then so it makes some sense.

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:37 pm
by Nettles
I’m pretty gutted about the free road tax issue.
My Se5a was registered on 29/01/73 so I’m only just outside the inclusion date.
It’s just cost me £112 for six months road tax! I can’t afford the £210 for twelve months!
I suppose I can’t complain to much because the insurance only costs me £100 fully comp with unlimited mileage for me and my wife! That’s the cheapest car I've ever insured! :lol:

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:57 pm
by philhoward
Nettles wrote:I’m pretty gutted about the free road tax issue.
My Se5a was registered on 29/01/73 so I’m only just outside the inclusion date.
It’s just cost me £112 for six months road tax! I can’t afford the £210 for twelve months!
I suppose I can’t complain to much because the insurance only costs me £100 fully comp with unlimited mileage for me and my wife! That’s the cheapest car I've ever insured! :lol:
I'll refer to another post on the first page:
Any GTE up to chassis number 931601 qualifies.
Does this mean your chassis number is after this?

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:02 pm
by Nettles
Unfortunately yes my chassis number is 931637. :(

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:54 pm
by CLASSICFORDSPARES
Nettles wrote:Unfortunately yes my chassis number is 931637. :(
36 cars out - what a bummer

Anyway I did read ( though not sure how reliable it is ) that the Labour govt of 98 wanted to abolish the free historic tax completely but the abolishion was modified by the House of Lords as a lot of peers were members of classic car clubs and would of course be under pressure from the other members to help keep it.

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:09 am
by philhoward
CLASSICFORDSPARES wrote: Anyway I did read ( though not sure how reliable it is ) that the Labour govt of 98 wanted to abolish the free historic tax completely but the abolishion was modified by the House of Lords as a lot of peers were members of classic car clubs and would of course be under pressure from the other members to help keep it.
And therein lies one of the reasons that the RSSOC is a member of the FBHVC as they lobby government on behalf of the Classic Car movement.

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:38 am
by Roger Pennington
For example, Lord David Steel was a classic rally competitor and is currently Hon President of the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation.

...Roger

Re: Tax Exempt

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:55 am
by samd
Hi Jim,
Do I just ring the DVLA and ask them what the reg is for this chassis? Or is there a website where I can do my own search?

Many thanks.