Classic vehicles

Background

Classic vehicles may be registered under the Conditional Registration Scheme. The conditional registration of classic vehicles is referred to as the Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS).

The CVS was developed in consultation with the Centre for Road Safety Branch of Transport for NSW. The Classic Vehicle Scheme Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is published on the RMS website and may be provided to customers.

The MOU describes the administrative aspects of the CVS. When signed by RMS and the classic vehicle organisation, the MOU shows that the organisation is approved to participate in the CVS. Currently, the following organisations have been approved to participate. Other organisations may be approved in the future.

  • ACMC NSW Ltd (participating in the Classic Vehicle Log Book trial)
  • Council of Heritage Motor Clubs NSW Incorporated (participating in the Classic Vehicle Log Book trial

Customers seeking information about classic vehicle organisation requirements, such as who can complete the Classic Vehicle Declaration, must be referred to the relevant organisation’s website.

Eligibility

A classic vehicle is:

  • 30 years of age or older
  • up to 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass
  • not being a plant vehicle or trailer, and
  • complying with the relevant NSW vehicle standards.

Note: A replica vehicle or an Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV) that is 30 years of age or older (based on the build completion date) are included. A significantly modified replica vehicle or an ICV must have a Compliance Certificate.

LPG conversions are allowed providing it is approved by the RMS recognised Approved Organisation.

The applicant is a current, financial member of a club affiliated with an Approved Organisation.

Classic Vehicle Declaration not greater than 42 days old must be presented when establishing or renewing conditional registration to prove vehicle and operator eligibility.

If the operator changes clubs during the currency of the conditional registration, a Classic Vehicle Declaration proving vehicle and operator eligibility for the new club is required.

Important: The Classic Vehicle Declaration must be completed entirely and be stamped by the Approved Organisation and the Primary Club.

How to conditionally register a vehicle in the Classic Vehicle Scheme

To conditionally register a vehicle in the Classic Vehicle Scheme, the following must be presented to a service centre to establish the Conditional Registration:

  • Classic Vehicle Declaration completed by the Responsible Person and not greater than 42 days old.
  • Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection report not greater than 42 days old (consisting of a Safety Check, Identity Check and Design Check).
  • Compliance Certificate (if required).
  • Vehicle Import Approval (if the vehicle is imported).
  • Application for Conditional Registration completed by the Applicant.
  • Proof of registration entitlement (eg receipt of purchase).
  • Proof of identity (eg NSW Driver Licence).
  • The appropriate fee.

How to renew a vehicle in the Classic Vehicle Scheme

Renewal of the Conditional Registration must first be approved by the Approved Organisation and is evidenced by the Responsible Person completing a new Classic Vehicle Declaration.

The Classic Vehicle must be inspected annually by an Authorised Examiner to ensure that the vehicle continues to be eligible.

The following must be presented to a service centre to renew the Conditional Registration:

  • Classic Vehicle Declaration completed by the Responsible Person and not greater than 42 days old.
  • Safety Check report not greater than 42 days old.
  • The appropriate fee.

Vehicle suitability for safe use

Classic Vehicles must be inspected by an Authorised Examiner and be issued a passed Inspection report to confirm that the vehicle is suitable for safe use and complies with the relevant NSW vehicle standards (including the permissible modifications as detailed in Vehicle Standards Information No. 6 Light vehicle modifications or the Compliance Certificate, if required).

  • To establish a conditional registration, an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection report must be presented. This will consist of a Safety Check, Identity Check and Design Check.
  • To renew a conditional registration, a Safety Check report must be presented.

The passed Inspection report, not greater than 42 days old, must be provided with the Classic Vehicle Declaration when establishing or renewing Conditional Registration.

Vehicle use

Classic vehicles can be used for events organised by RMS recognised Approved Organisations or community organisations, provided an official invitation has been received and recorded by the club in the official minutes or 'Day Book'.

Classic vehicles can also be used on a road or road related area for:

  • Servicing within a short distance from their place of garaging.
  • The inspection of the vehicle.

If a longer journey is necessary, the operator must notify the club, and the details recorded by the club in the official minutes or 'Day Book'.

Operators wishing to use classic vehicles for passenger transport for weddings or other functions should first check the requirements under the Passenger Transport Act 1990. For information about passenger transport requirements, contact Enrolment Processing Unit on 1800 227 774 or (02) 9891 8900. The operator must also seek approval from the club, and the details recorded by the club in the official minutes or 'Day Book'.

Classic vehicles must display conditional registration number plates and a current registration label.

Name bars may be affixed to the number plate provided the positioning of the name bar does not obscure the number plate.

NSW classic vehicles may be used temporarily in other States and Territories, under the same conditions as apply in NSW.

Visiting vehicles under a similar scheme in their home State or Territory may be used temporarily in NSW, under the same conditions as apply in their home jurisdiction.

Conditions

Conditionally Registered Classic Vehicles operating under the CVS may be operated on roads and road related areas only under the following conditions:

  • ‘Registered operator must be a member of an authorised motoring club’
  • ‘Use only in conjunction with an authorised club event or maintenance’

The onus is at all times on the Applicant/registered operator/driver to provide evidence that the Classic Vehicle is being used in accordance with the Conditions of Operation.

The name of the Approved Organisation which the financial member’s club is affiliated with is recorded as a special condition. The name of the registered operator's club is also recorded as a special condition. If the registered operator belongs to more than one club, the name of the primary club or other clubs may be recorded as a special condition as requested.

Other conditions may be recorded as required.

The Certificate of Approved Operations, detailing the conditions applicable to the operation of the vehicle, must be carried in the vehicle whenever the vehicle is used on a road or road related area.

Classic Vehicle Log Book Trial

The log book trial allows classic vehicles to be used for 60 days of general use (ie maintenance and personal use) each year, outside of club organised events. Each day’s use must be recorded in a log book issued at a registry or service centre.

Vehicles under the Classic Vehicle Scheme can be part of the log book trial. The registered operator must be a current, financial member of a club affiliated with an Approved Organisation. The Approved Organisation must be participating in the log book trial.

For additional information see Classic Vehicle Log Book Trial.

Towing

Classic vehicles can tow a trailer that is either fully registered, exempt from registration, has a UVP or is conditionally registered.

Loads

Classic vehicles must meet the following requirements if carrying a load:

  • Loads cannot be carried for commercial purposes.
  • Loads must be the private property of the operator and/or carried as part of a club event.
  • The load must be restrained to the standards detailed in the Load Restraint Guide.

Left-hand drive vehicles

Left-hand drive classic vehicles that have a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) up to 3.5 tonnes are not required to display a 'left-hand drive' sign.

Becoming an approved organisation under the Classic Vehicle Scheme

Classic vehicle organisations seeking inclusion in the CVS may be issued an Application for an Approved Organisation.

The application must include the following information:

  • Evidence of the organisation’s corporate status. (eg Certificate of Registration issued by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, or Certificate of Incorporation issued by NSW Fair Trading).  
  • A copy of the Approved Organisation constitution demonstrating that the organisation can meet the Classic Vehicle Scheme policy.
  • A list of a minimum of 50 motoring clubs associated with the Approved Organisation.
  • A list of representatives forming the organisation’s proposed Eligibility Committee.
  • The name and contact details of the proposed Eligibility Committee’s Responsible Person.
  • The criteria applied to a vehicle for it to be accepted as an eligible Classic Vehicle (if more strict than the relevant NSW vehicle standards).
  • The inspection process and proof of compliance requirements used to demonstrate that an eligible Classic Vehicle meets the above criteria (if the criteria is more strict than the relevant NSW vehicle standards).
  • Materials (such as policies and procedures documents, etc) that demonstrate the organisation has professional and safety standards to provide sufficient administrative controls over the following areas:

o vehicle construction

o vehicle logbooks

Completed applications and attached information may be sent to Roads and Maritime by email at ais@rms.nsw.gov.au or by post to:

  • Enrolment Processing
    Classic Vehicle Scheme
    PO Box 122
    Glen Innes NSW 2370

Any Classic vehicle organisations wishing to become an Approved Organisation must complete the ‘Application for an Approved Organisation’ form, provide the required information detailed on the form and sign the Classic Vehicle Scheme Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). When signed by RMS and the classic vehicle organisation, the MOU shows that the organisation is approved to participate in the CVS.

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