Missing chassis plates
MISSING CHASSIS PLATES
During a vehicle’s restoration or repair, occasionally it is necessary to remove the chassis plate and it is important that it is reinstated onto the vehicle once work is complete. On some makes/models of historic vehicles, the chassis number is also replicated elsewhere on the vehicle; for others the chassis number is only on the maker’s plate which is secured to the vehicle and there is no other location where the chassis number is stamped directly onto the bodyshell or chassis.
Part of the MoT test is to record the chassis number. Where there are a variety of numbers on the vehicle, e.g. chassis number, body number etc, it is helpful to the examiner if you point out which is the chassis number as recorded by DVLA. This gives the MoT examiner a positive result on that point.
If, however, the chassis plate is missing it is possible that the examiner will record the body number on the MoT as being the chassis number. This is a mismatch, and the follow on to this is that you could well receive a visit from DVLA/VOSA to inspect the vehicle. In one case an inspector has suggested that a Q plate might be issued.
Where the plate is missing, and it is actually the same vehicle as on the V5C, the sensible approach is to obtain a replica chassis plate, get it stamped up with the chassis number as shown on the V5C, and secure the plate to the vehicle prior to the MoT taking place. Searching on the internet using the words ‘reproduction chassis plates’ will produce a number of suppliers.
If the vehicle with the missing chassis plate is not the same vehicle as on the V5C, obtaining and stamping up a replica chassis plate to match the V5C is fraudulent.
Prior to the MoT, as well as carrying out basic checks of the vehicle, it is a good idea to check that the chassis number is present and does actually match the V5C.
Posted On: 16/06/2012 02:12:36
Posted By: john saunders