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Classic Vehicle Scheme

Modified Cars

THE NSW government has launched a new concessional registration scheme – known as the Classic Vehicle Scheme, or CVS – for non-standard cars and motorcycles at least 30 years old. It is in addition to the existing Historic Conditional Registration Scheme (HCRS) for stock or restored cars, which continues in its current form.


Eligible cars under the CVS must be at least 30 years old and meet exactly the same vehicle modification regulations as for full rego; there are no differences.


Blue slips will be required to join the CVS and pink slips annually thereafter. Vehicle owners must be members of an ACMC-affiliated club and use is limited to 60 days per annum – which must be recorded in an owners’ logbook – as well as authorised club events.

* You must be a NSW resident with a NSW licence, and the vehicle garaged in NSW


*   Eligibility is on a rolling 30-year basis. If your car was manufactured at any time

during 1987, for example, it is eligible to join the CVS from 1st January, 2017


*   If your vehicle has modifications that take it outside the HCRS, the Classic Scheme (CVS) is for you. This includes non-standard cars already on the HCRS, which are expected to transfer across


*   Allowable mods that can be owner-certified are the same as for full rego and are listed on VSI-6 on the RMS website


*   Mods that go further must be certified by a VSCCS engineer. Older certification will generally be acceptable provided it is on the RMS system


*   CVS covers all light vehicles, including four-wheel drives and motorcycles. There is no pre-’48 cut-off, so hot rods are also eligible


*   You must be a financial member of a vehicle club affiliated with one of the seven member organisations of ACMC: NSW Custom Car Club is associated with Australian National Street Machine Association


*   To ensure the integrity of the new scheme, the government requires a current blue slip (printed copy) be included with the initial CVS application, even if the vehicle is currently on full registration or the HCVS. No exceptions


*   Annual pink slips (printed copies) are required in subsequent years


*   You will be required to purchase new number plates, similar to H-plates but green on white as seen on tractors and the like. Currently they end in D. As with historics, there is no provision to retain your existing plates so they’ll have to go on hold or onto your daily. An old-style rego expiry sticker will also be supplied to stick on a left-side window


*   Logbooks must be filled in prior to every use other than designated club runs; to not do so leaves you unregistered and uninsured. For-profit use (commercial wedding hire, for example) is banned, but apart from that, a day is a day, you can drive as little or as far as you like, wherever you like


*   Ongoing vehicle compliance will be monitored and controlled by individual clubs, who will be sanctioned for any members driving illegally modified cars on CVS plates, potentially putting other club members’ concessional rego in jeopardy. The same applies to non-standard cars remaining on HCRS plates which should be on the CVS; a period of grace will allow for the annual rego cycle but will then be policed

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