OPERATION OF THE NSW HISTORIC VEHICLE SCHEME WITHIN THE PITTWATER MOTOR ENTHUSIASTS ASSOCIATION
Pittwater Motor Enthusiasts Association Inc. (the Club) is a ‘recognised club’ under the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS), as defined by Roads and Maritime Services of NSW (RMS).
The information provided below by the Club is a brief guide only.
BACKGROUND & PURPOSE
Through RMS, the Government of New South Wales has created the HVS to foster and support special interest community groups such as the Club and, amongst other objectives, provide opportunities for the wider community to view operational historic vehicles, representative of all decades and types of motor transport development. Through heavily-discounted fees for Historic registration and CTP insurance, the HVS enables vehicles to affordably participate in Club events and to drive on a limited number of other days throughout the year.
The HVS itself operates under the RMS Conditional Registration Scheme, meaning that registration of a Historic Vehicle is issued under quite different, conditional registration rules to those of regular vehicles. Essentially, certain very specific conditions must be met and adhered to, whenever applying for registration and operating a Historic Vehicle. The Club expects to see Member’s historic vehicles fully participate in Club events.
BEFORE REGISTERING AN HISTORIC VEHICLE – What You Need To Know
Club Members wishing to register a vehicle must fully acquaint themselves with the rules and regulations, ‘Historic Vehicles’, as detailed on the RMS web-site. Click on link www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/get-nsw-registration/historic-vehicles.
Some important points are:
- YOU MUST BE A FINANCIAL MEMBER OF AN RMS RECOGNISED HISTORIC VEHICLE CLUB.
- The vehicle must be 30 years of age or older, as by year of manufacture.
- The vehicle must be as close to original as possible. See RMS website for exceptions.
After satisfying all of the RMS requirements, the Member must contact one of the Club’s Examiners to make an appointment for a mechanical inspection of their vehicle.
HOW DO I GET MY VEHICLE INSPECTED?
Prior to attending the Examiner’s premises, the Member is required to download, print and have filled out, two necessary forms from the RMS web-site or visit a Service NSW retail centre: the Historic Vehicle Declaration and; Application Conditional Registration. Members are also required to present their Club Membership Card to the Examiner.
The Club’s four Examiners are (defined as ‘Scrutineers’ by the RMS):
Stuart Dunbar – Mona Vale Automotive,
7/101 Darley Road, MONA VALE
Ph 9979 3844
Steve Blinkhorne – Mona Vale Automotive,
7/101 Darley Road, MONA VALE
Ph 9979 3844
Steve Travica – ST Kar Kraft
13-14/45 Bassett Street, MONA VALE
Ph 9997 7247
Anthony Cirillo – Cromer Motors
36 Orlando Road, CROMER
Ph 9982 7317
The recommended inspection fees are currently $70 for the initial examination and $42 for each subsequent examination.
VEHICLE HAS PASSED INSPECTION FOR HVS – What To Do Next
Within 42 days of the successful vehicle examination, the Member is required to visit a Service NSW retail centre in person, to submit:
- the Historic Vehicle Declaration completed and signed by the Examiner (see above)
- the Application for Conditional Registration completed and signed by the Examiner (see above)
- proof of identity such as a NSW driver’s licence
- proof of registration entitlement (see the RMS web-page ‘Historic Vehicles’ for details e.g. Proof of Purchase)
When RMS is satisfied with the Member’s submission, the Member becomes the Registered Operator of the Historic Vehicle and after payment of appropriate fees, the RMS will issue:
- a pair of ‘NSW-Historic Vehicle’ registration plates
- a Certificate of Conditional Registration
- a Certificate of Approved Operations which must be kept in the Historic Vehicle at all times
- a Classic Vehicle Log Book which must be kept in the Historic Vehicle at all times
- a tax invoice for payment of Compulsory Third Party insurance
OPERATING AN HISTORIC VEHICLE WITHIN THE CLUB – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
When driving in connection with attendance at published Club Events, Council of Motor Clubs (CMC) affiliated events or Club Meetings, drivers of Historic Vehicles are not required to enter their journey details in the Log Book. However, the Club highly recommends that a current copy of the Club’s web-site Events Page, always be carried in the Vehicle you attend an event.
On all other occasions of general use (i.e. maintenance and personal use), drivers of Historic Vehicles are required to enter their journey details in the Log Book.
The driver can be a person other than the Registered Operator however, the driver must still complete the relevant entry in the Log Book.
CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE
Under the HVS, driving a Historic Vehicle on any part of a public road, without both the Certificate of Approved Operations and, when required, a current-day entry in the Vehicle Log Book, deems the Vehicle legally and technically, unregistered. This also means that the Vehicle’s Compulsory Third Party insurance becomes void, leaving the driver exposed to litigation.