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VVC -Dating Certificate



VETERAN VESPA CLUB is the trading name of VVC (UK) LIMITED. A Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England number 07075808. Registered Office: 1st Floor Clarence Chambers, 28 Clarence Street, Southend on Sea, Essex. SS1 1BD.


This scheme is administered by VVC and costs £10. See below for details: Bill Drake is the VVC representative for the service. Bill may be contacted on: E Mail

SPECIAL OFFER FOR NEW VVC MEMBERS


If you are not already member of the VVC then you may take advantage of this special offer of Membership for the current year including a registration certificate, all for £20. Membership is for a rolling 12 months.

To claim this offer send your cheque for £20 payable to VVC (UK) LIMITED with bike details as required below together with a completed membership application form, following the instructions on the form. which can be downloaded from the membership page in pdf format.

YOU MAY NOW USE THE ON LINE MEMBERSHIP TO MAKE USE OF THIS OFFER- JOIN THE CLUB IN THE NORMAL MANNER THEN WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR PASSWORD AND MEM. NO. GO TO 'MEMBERS AREA ', SHOP THEN SELECT 'VESPA DATING CERT (For new members)' ALL DOCUMENTS TO BE SENT TO BILL DRAKE AS PER INSTRUCTIONS.

BUYING A FAR EAST IMPORT? CHECK THIS ARTICLE OUT FIRST!!

I have had the privilege of providing dating certificates for the VVC
and VCB since the beginning of 2006 and so far have issued over 500 certificates. The majority of machines requiring ‘validation’ are now
coming from Bali, Vietnam and Indonesia. All these machines have
one thing in common – they claim to be original Italian machines.
Bill Drake July 2008. Download Asian Vespa Imports




Dating Certificate



3 DONT'S

Do not send original documents. Photocopies only please.
Do not post by Special Delivery or Recorded Delivery. This may delay certificate.
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REGISTERING A VESPA SCOOTER

The Club regularly receives enquiries regarding registering or re-registering of Vespa scooters.

The Club can assist you by providing a Dating Certificate stating the date of manufacture of the machine that will be accepted by the DVLA .

This Certificate is a requirement of the DVLA and determines the type of Age Related number to be issued.

The following information is required to enable the Club to issue the Certificate:-

a. A pencil rubbing of the Chassis and Engine numbers including the prefix where applicable. If the number of both frame and engine is the same one rubbing is not acceptable.

A photograph of the chassis and engine numbers together with an accurate indication of the position on the machine where the numbers can be found , is also acceptable. It is probably better to do this before painting if you are restoring the machine.

b. A photocopy of all/any paperwork that you may have relating to the machine.

c. A cheque for £10 payable to VVC(UK)LIMITED or if you are applying for VVC membership under our special offer scheme of membership and certificate for £20 send cheque for £20 payable to VVC(UK)LIMITED.

d. Photographs from front, rear and each side of the machine.

e. A stamped addressed envelope.

Send all the above to:- W. Drake, 23, Archers Road, Eastleigh, Hants. SO50 9AQ.

Italian Manufactured Vespas:-These machines have a number with a prefix beginning with the letter‘V’ for both engine and chassis. Please note that numbers prefixed IGM, GM or OGM are not frame numbers but may be included in your submitted information as an additional means of identifying the machine.

All other manufacturers had there own system not generally confused with the Italian models. If you have any documentation including a foreign registration number , this should also be included in your application.

If you are unsure of the origin of your scooter , the VVC can help identify a machine before issuing a Certificate.

SAVE MONEY If you know the original registration number of your Vespa and wish to retain it, check with the DVLA that the machine is not already on the computer. If it is on the computer a dating certificate will not be required. To retain a reg. number documentary evidence is required.

This can be an old tax disc , a green or buff log book or an old MOT certificate. Information from retained records held by County Record Offices and some Trusts may also be accepted. With the above information it is possible to retain the original number if it has not been transferred or re-allocated.

Retention of an old number is entirely at the discretion of the DVLA

If your Vespa does not have any supporting documentation an Age Related number will be issued.

Recently imported machines (i.e. machines previously registered abroad) will also attract an Age Related number.

If the VVC cannot adequately identify a Vespa a certificate will be refused and the fee returned.

To register or re- register a machine you will be required to complete form V765 and V55/5 and send it to the DVLA together with your dating Certificate, a current MOT Certificate, an Insurance Certificate and the appropriate fee. You will probably be required to present the machine at your local office (LVLO) where the chassis (and sometimes the engine ) numbers will be verified.

Remember that the numbers must be legible for a non scooterist to read. It is suggested that a feature is made of the chassis number in order to facilitate easy reading.


At this point, all being well , a registration number will be allocated.

PLEASE NOTE: Some imported machines are not necessarily the machine that they purport to be! It is now known that cloning is taking place. If the VVC cannot adequately identify a Vespa as genuine then a certificate will be refused and the fee refunded.