DVLA, HMRC & NOVA

Published: 10:34AM May 9th, 2013
By: Andy Gillard

A number of readers have contacted us with concerns regarding HMRC's new policy of completing a NOVA (Notice of Vehicle Arrivals) form when trying to register a classic scooter with DVLA.

NOVA was apparently introduced to close loopholes used by crooks to avoid paying VAT on new, or nearly new vehicles imported into the UK.

The problem seems to be that the computer system is treating all such registration attempts as if they were nearly new vehicles, rather than a former pile of rusting metal, which in turn apparently assumes that everyone must pay VAT before DVLA can proceed with registering the vehicle.

We've been in touch with HMRC a few times over the last few weeks to try and sort this out for you, but so far have nothing positive to report I'm afraid. Rest assured however that once we do get a satisfactory reply we'll be posting it here and publishing it in Scootering magazine too.

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