Benjamin Davies

See other Blog articles filed in ‘Editor's Blog’ written by Benjamin Davies
   
Our Gentleman Jack Bancroft is an irredeemable motorcaravaning enthusiast. His family have been camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning since 1928. Jack and his wife Flora are now on their tenth motorhome, a 2003 Auto-Sleeper Pollensa on a Ford Transit base. They have toured extensively at home and abroad, including a period of full-timing. Here, Jack answers your motorcaravanning queries:

Gentleman JackOur Gentleman Jack Bancroft is an irredeemable motorcaravaning enthusiast. His family have been camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning since 1928. Jack and his wife Flora are now on their tenth motorhome, a 2003 Auto-Sleeper Pollensa on a Ford Transit base. They have toured extensively at home and abroad, including a period of full-timing. Here, Jack answers your motorcaravanning queries:

 

Q: We have recently bought a Bürstner Elegance i660 motorhome, which was first registered in March 2004, from a dealer. During our initial viewing of the vehicle I pointed out to the salesman that the MTPLM on the V5C document read 2300kg but the plate on the motorhome stated that its MTPLM was 3500kg.

 

I asked the dealer to correct the V5C prior to us picking up the motorhome, which they agreed to do. 

 

We live 120 miles away from the dealer so to collect the motorhome we left home the day before to stay overnight a little closer. We were 40 miles into the journey when the salesman called to say that they had not changed the DVLA document as promised, but all we needed to do was to visit a public weighbridge and then to send the current weight of the vehicle to the DVLA.

 

We did this before we left for home and obtained a stamped certificate of the weight. However, as we were only collecting the ’van it weighed far less than it normally would because it didn’t have our touring kit onboard.

 

Do I have to correct the DVLA document and, if so, how do I go about this because it has had at least one previous owner?
George and Val Dyer

 

A: Sometimes I wonder whether there will ever be full agreement between the different government departments and although the VOSA, the Highways Agency and the DVLA didn’t agree on everything I’m about to say, they came close.

 

1. Original responsibility for the correct information lies with the original supplying dealer – if the vehicle is first registered in the UK as brand new.
 

 

2. If it was first registered brand new in the EU, and subsequently re-registered as pre-owned in the UK, the responsibility is with the registered keeper and whoever is driving the vehicle if it is stopped on the public highway.
 

 

3. As you bought the ’van pre-owned, the consensus was that the responsibility is as in point 2. However, the supplying dealer does have what is commonly referred to as a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that reasonable measures are taken to check that any documentation supplied with the vehicle is correct. I’m not sure whether they have satisfied this, but I personally doubt it.  

 

I suggest the following course of action. First, photograph the weight plate you refer to. Then, on section 7 on the V5C form circle ‘corrected’ in the title box. In sub-section 22, fill in the corrected weight. Then, sign and date at the bottom of the page, separate the form into two pages and keep the section you haven’t altered.

 

Add a brief covering letter, enclose the photograph of the weight plate and send by recorded delivery to DVLA Swansea SA99 1BA.


Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo 250d Sport Long review – 1 - The Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo 250d Sport Long is priced from £56,670 OTR, £63,990 as tested (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Chausson Welcome 711 Travel Line review – 1 - The new Chausson 711 is being sold in Welcome Travel Line spec only (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)

Swift Rio 325

£52,180OTR

The Practical Motorhome Swift Rio 325 review – 1 - The 2018 Swift Rio 325 is just 5.99m long and has a licence-friendly MTPLM of 3500kg (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome IH N-Class 630 RLS review – 1 - The IH N-Class 630 RLS is priced from £73,995 OTR for the 130bhp variant and from £76,490 OTR for the 180bhp version – we're testing the latter (© Gentleman Jack/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Marquis Majestic 196 review – 1 - Fitting six berths and six travel seats into a 3500kg motorhome is no mean feat – does it work? (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Swift Bessacarr 597 review – 1 - The ’van tested has an MTPLM of 3850kg, but there is a version with a 3500kg MTPLM (and a lower payload) – read more in our Swift Bessacarr 597 review (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)