Number of DVLA-registered ‘historic vehicles’ on the rise

Niche represents 3.4 per cent of all UK registered vehicles, latest national historic vehicle survey results show

Number of DVLA-registered ‘historic vehicles’ on the rise

The number of historic vehicles being driven on UK roads is rising, according to the latest figures from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs.

Some 1.5 million historic vehicles – including cars, buses, lorries, motorcycles, agricultural, military and steam vehicles – are currently registered with the DVLA.

The segment represents 3.4 per cent of all registered vehicles in the UK.

The data has been published following by the federation following its 2020 national historic vehicle survey.

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David Whale, chairman of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs said: “There are more enthusiasts than ever who are immersing themselves in our community and that is really positive for the future.”

The value of individual vehicles is widely spread, with 51 per cent having a market value of less than £10,000.

The survey revealed that increasingly, historic vehicles are not used for daily transport.

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The average mileage covered during the course of a year is just 1,200 miles, which equates to all the historic vehicles on the road accounting for less than 0.2 per cent of the total miles driven on UK roads each year.

The historic vehicle sector contributes £7.2 billion to the UK economy, according to the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs.

The revenue is generated from the nearly 4,000 businesses that support the movement employing over 34,000 people.

A more detailed reported is expected to be released next month.

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    Meat-Head
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    😮 thats a lot of wonga, so how much does the government make
    Off the rest of the cars on the road.

    Pleased to hear it, as in 5 years time one of my cars will be a classic
    Exempt from mot/tax which is good, as its rotten.

    Got my mate to collect a few ‘damage’ roadsigns get them in the floor
    Bit of underseal, good to go.

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    Eddie Bamber
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    Not really mate. Your vehicle may be tax and m.o.t exempt but it still has to be roadworthy. That is, capable of passing an m.o.t. I own two exempt vehicles and I would have no hesitation in putting them in for m.o.t tomorrow if I had to. It’s all about your safety one the road and those around you. I wouldn’t like you behind me in your shed.

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    Meat-Head
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    Thats good you not wanting to be behind me, neither would wanna you to be in case something fell off. Nothing that could not be replaced by visit to b&q iron mongers dept

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    Philip Kerkham
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    As the new car becomes more expensive and hard to fix I am finding classic cars much more enjoyable to work on . Yes I do have have about nine vehicles over 50 years old .My MGB was badly rotten and now after a lot of welding is looking good again .About 25% of my work is on classic cars also a number of cars over 20 years old . I am paid the same to fix old cars as newer ones and yes some are “worth” over £100,000 down to not a lot !I see the “old” car as a good thing for the repair trade with or without mot cars must be road legal if used on the road .

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