NSW Classic Vehicle Diagram Explanation


IIt has been five years since NSW Roads & Maritime Services introduced a new form of conditional registration suitable for modified classic cars. While not for everyone, it is a great thing for our sport, allowing street machinists to register their cars for 60 days a year at a hefty discount.

Previously, drivers of standard historic vehicles were covered, as were truck drivers. The street engineers, however, were stuck in no man’s land. Now we can save around $ 1000 a year on our rego if we choose to – earn!

Nonetheless, there is still significant confusion about the system, so let’s get some of it out right now.

For starters, some people find it difficult to understand the difference between the Historic Vehicle Program (HVS) and the Classic Vehicle Program (CVS).

The HVS is primarily intended for production vehicles 30 years of age or older. The only modifications allowed concern safety, as well as period accessories and heating equipment. The HVS operates on a 60-day logbook schedule or a more traditional club rego setup that only allows the car to be used for club events or repairs.

The CVS also has the 30-year rule, but it allows any changes you like – as long as they’re designed. Production vehicles are welcome, however. Replicas and individually built vehicles are also acceptable. The CVS only works on the 60-day-per-year contract.

Think of conditional rego much like a licensing system, which means if you don’t comply with the RMS Terms of Service you are driving unregistered and uninsured, so it is best to keep the log filled out correctly and within. glove box. always.

One of the downsides of HVS and CVS is that you will have to ditch your existing license plates, which many owners see as part of their car’s identity. Instead, you will need to run the green and white conditional plates for CVS and purple and white for HVS.

The Classic Vehicle Scheme regos were originally issued with a D prefix, but were moved to the E prefix when the D plates ran out, resulting in some confusion among enthusiasts’ ranks as to whether there was a new rego system or not. The H plates in the historical diagram have also been updated to J prefix plates for the same reason. The rumor was also fueled by the fact that some customers were issued incorrect plates for CVS cars – including U-shaped plates, intended for bicycles.

The license plate situation is unlikely to change anytime soon, but if that doesn’t worry you, there are big savings to be had. Especially if you have several cars!

Props to everyone who fought to make this happen, including the Australian National Street Machine Association and the Confederation of Australian Automobile Clubs. As we move towards a future where classic internal combustion cars could face further regulatory attack, it would be beneficial for all of us to join an organization like this – we might need strength in numbers. Food for thought!

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