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Car enthusiasts in NSW should now be able to enjoy their classic cars more often thanks to the trial of a concessional registration scheme for cars more than 30 years old. The trial, which begins in October, means that classic car owners – including owners of motorcycles and classic street machines - will enjoy a system similar to Victoria’s successful Historic scheme, where membership of a recognised car club, and use of a vehicle log book, will allow classic cars to be used more often, and with more freedom, than the existing (and continuing) only-to-club-runs scheme.

The trial scheme comes after four years of effort from a dedicated team of car enthusiasts such as the Australian National Street Machine Association’s Garry Warnes, Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs’ patron Alan Hay, now-retired Shannons’ NSW business development manager Tony O’Donnell and former Street Machinemagazine editor Geoff Seddon, among others.

The trial scheme will run in addition to the present NSW Historic Vehicle plate scheme, where vehicles are technically unregistered, but may be driven to and from club events and for maintenance only using a Certificate Of Approved Operations. Classic car owners and recognised clubs will have the opportunity to opt-in to the new trial scheme but the scheme will allow more scope for classic car owners by allowing modifications that are not now accepted by many car clubs under the present H-plate Historic Vehicle scheme.

"If the vehicle is able to be engineered for full rego, it’s welcome under the new scheme," says Garry Warne. "This is not a back-door way to get an unacceptable car onto the roads."

Although announced by NSW Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay (himself a car enthusiast so very understanding of enthusiasts’ wants and needs), some finer details of the two-year trial scheme are yet to be finalised, such as the type of number plates required to be displayed on the cars. With many classic cars wearing their original ‘85 (or earlier) number plates, it is – as has been the case with the present H-plate registration scheme – a shame that a part of many classics’ original character is lost when the original number plates are surrendered or stored.

"There’s still some fine tuning to do," continues Garry. "But the scheme is up: the Minister and his team of public servants have been good to us. They’re making it happen."

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although announced by NSW Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay (himself a car enthusiast so very understanding of enthusiasts’ wants and needs),

The qld scheme is useless.  But likelihood of changes? 

Current NSW minister for transport : Duncan Gay Career background : military service.  

Qualifications, Occupations and Interests - Manager family grazing property at Crookwell. Interests: Reading, rugby and motor racing.

Current qld minister for transport: Jackie Trad Career background: public service, union organiser. (No interest listed)

As these types of things only benefit enthusiasts and are a political risk from one stupid 'ACA' investigation, I'm not holding my breath.  I'd say the reason this got up in NSW was because it was something the minister felt strongly about.

Still, I hope that the same group can repeat their lobbying efforts in QLD.  And then they should go to Canberra and get something done about the import laws.

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Historic Vehicle Log Book Trial

The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay, has asked Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services to develop a Historic Vehicle Log Book Trial.

The Log Book Trial will allow all operators of existing vehicles within the Historic Vehicle Scheme to opt-in. These vehicles may then be used for 60 days of general use (i.e. club events, maintenance and personal use) each year. Each day’s use must be recorded in a Log Book.

New entrants to the Historic Vehicle Scheme after the trial commences may apply for inclusion in the Log Book Trial, subject to the existing historic vehicle and registered operator eligibility criteria.

The trial will operate for two years, with an evaluation to be completed during this period as part of the Roads and Maritime Services review of the overall Conditional Registration Scheme.

The Historic Vehicle Log Book Trial will commence on 1 October 2015. Details on how to opt in to the trial will be updated on this page from this date.

Customers interested in the trial should email Historic.vehicle.logbook.trial@rms.nsw.gov.au

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Unfortunately living in Qld at present myself.. wish we had a first world problem of historic registrations up here. Just have to deal with a few third world state economic problems first.. such as being managed a bunch of otherwise unemployable individuals called politicians !!

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