Classic Vehicle Log Book trial

Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services have developed a Classic Vehicle Log Book trial. A classic vehicle is 30 years of age or older.

About the 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 of general use must be recorded in a log book issued at a registry or service centre.

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

Video - Minister Gay explains the scheme

Staged implementation

The log book trial has two stages:

  • Stage 1 - From 1 October 2015, vehicles that are in, or eligible to be in, the existing Historic Vehicle Scheme can be part of the log book trial. The registered operator must be a member of a Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle club that is participating in the log book trial.
  • Stage 2 - In 2016, a Classic Vehicle Scheme will be introduced. These vehicles will be eligible for conditional registration and can be included in the log book trial. For more details, see What is the proposed Classic Vehicle Scheme? in the Questions and answers section.

Questions and answers

General

  • It is not compulsory for clubs to participate in the log book trial. However, recognised clubs must notify Roads and Maritime if they want to participate. Roads and Maritime will maintain a list of participating clubs.

    Clubs' Responsible Persons may notify their participation to Roads and Maritime by email at Historic.vehicle.logbook.trial@rms.nsw.gov.au.

  • There will be no change to the Historic Vehicle Scheme. There is nothing that the club needs to do. Members of existing recognised clubs continue to be able to use their vehicles in club organised events and maintenance.

    Members of existing recognised clubs that do not participate in the log book trial may choose to join or form another recognised participating club, and then opt-in to the log book trial.

  • Members of participating recognised clubs may opt-in to the log book trial from 1 October 2015. To opt in, the registered vehicle operator or their representative must attend a registry or service centre and present:

    • Proof of identity such as a NSW driver licence
    • The current Certificate of Conditional Registration (if available)
    • The current Certificate of Approved Operations (if available)
    • A completed Change of Records (PDF, 223Kb) to have the vehicle’s conditions updated.

    The following condition will be added to the vehicle’s existing conditions:

    • 'Classic Log Book – May be used for 60 days per year subject to log book conditions.

    Operators of existing conditionally registered historic vehicles will be issued:

    • Certificate of Conditional Registration
    • Certificate of Approved Operations, with the updated conditions
    • Classic Vehicle Log Book Trial form.

    There is no cost to existing members that choose to opt into the log book trial.

  • You can use the log book once it is issued. The log book will be aligned with the annual term of the conditionally registered vehicle. The allocation of days will apply as shown in this table:

    Remaining registration Allocated log book days
    Up to three months 15
    Over three and up to six months 30
    Over six and up to nine months 45
    Over nine months 60
  • You will first need to join a recognised historic vehicle club (PDF, 400Kb).

    If you want to opt-in to the log book trial for historic vehicles, you will need to join a recognised historic vehicle club that is participating in the log book trial.

    If you are converting from full registration to conditional registration, you must surrender the full registration and number plates. You may be eligible for a refund of the unused portion of the vehicle tax or registration charge. Please note that a cancellation fee applies. You may also have the full registration number plates reserved at the registry or service centre or issued to a different vehicle for a fee. Distinctive historic vehicle number plates are issued with the conditional registration for a fee. You may also be eligible for a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance premium refund. Please contact your CTP insurer for more information.

  • In 2016, Stage 2 will see the development of a Classic Vehicle Scheme. This scheme will provide the opportunity for modified classic vehicles which are 30 years of age or older to also be conditionally registered.

    The Classic Vehicle Scheme is anticipated to operate in a similar way to the Historic Vehicle Scheme. Things like forming a club, joining a club and applying for conditional registration will be similar. Clubs may also choose to participate in the log book trial for classic vehicles.

    Existing recognised historic vehicle clubs may also choose to become a club under the Classic Vehicle Scheme.

    Some matters currently being worked through with enthusiasts, industry and government stakeholders include the vehicle standards and CTP insurance classification. Modified vehicles require a different process to determine their suitability for safe use and it is important that clubs have this capability.

    If you are interested in either forming or joining a club under the proposed Classic Vehicle Scheme please email Modified.Vehicles.Scheme@rms.nsw.gov.au.

    For further information about the Historic and Classic Vehicle Log Book Trial, please call the Contact Centre on 13 77 88.

For recognised clubs

  • As part of determining their rules, recognised clubs may decide to participate in the log book trial. Once the club has decided, the club’s Responsible Person can notify Roads and Maritime Services by email at: Historic.vehicle.logbook.trial@rms.nsw.gov.au.

  • By checking the Roads and Maritime Recognised Historic Vehicle Club list (PDF, 400Kb).
  • Roads and Maritime has the details of recognised clubs’ Responsible Persons. Notification to participate will only be accepted from the Responsible Person.
  • The club’s Responsible Person should notify Roads and Maritime by email at: Historic.vehicle.logbook.trial@rms.nsw.gov.au, and the list will be updated.
  • Yes. This means that from the date the club is removed from the participation list, no further club members may opt-in. However, log books already issued to club members continue to be valid.
  • Yes. However, only club members with NSW conditional registration may opt-in to the log book trial.
  • Roads and Maritime does not require recognised clubs to manage any aspect of log books. However, clubs may choose to introduce their own arrangements under their respective club rules.
  • There are no changes to vehicle standards. Clubs should continue to accept vehicles under the current arrangements.
  • No. Recognised clubs that decide not to participate continue to operate under the current arrangements.
  • No. Recognised clubs may notify their participation at any time during the two year log book trial period.

For recognised club members

  • Members of participating recognised clubs may opt-in to the log book trial from 1 October 2015. To opt in, the registered vehicle operator or their representative must attend a registry or service centre and present:

    • Proof of identity such as a NSW driver licence
    • The current Certificate of Conditional Registration (if available)
    • The current Certificate of Approved Operations (if available)
    • A completed Change of Records (PDF, 223Kb) to have the vehicle’s conditions updated.

    The following condition will be added to the vehicle’s existing conditions:

    • Classic Log Book – May be used for 60 days per year subject to log book conditions.

    Operators of existing conditionally registered historic vehicles will be issued:

    • Certificate of Conditional Registration
    • Certificate of Approved Operations, with the updated conditions
    • Classic Vehicle Log Book Trial form.
  • No. The trial only applies to club members who have a vehicle registered in the NSW conditional registration scheme.
  • There is no cost to opt-in to the log book trial.
  • There are no increased costs for conditional registration or CTP insurance during the period of the log book trial. A review will be conducted on many aspects of the trial and costs will be included. A decision as to whether an increase in costs will apply to those that opt-in to the trial will be made subject to the outcome of the review.
  • No. Only one log book will be issued per historic vehicle.
  • Yes. You are eligible to apply for a log book for each vehicle you have registered under the Historic Vehicle Scheme as long as the respective recognised club is participating in the log book trial.
  • See Historic vehicles for information on how to apply for conditional registration under the Historic Vehicle Scheme.
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