James has a simply ‘FAB’ time marking tenth anniversary of his business

When Wakefield-based entrepreneur James Saperia was looking for a special way to mark the tenth anniversary of his personalised number plate business, Simply Registrations, he found the perfect solution when he successfully bid to win a trip to the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, in a Bespoke Pink Rolls-Royce, with the number plate FAB 1.

James Saperia with FAB 1 and WraithJames Saperia with FAB 1 & Wraith

James’s day out was one of a selection ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes offered by Breast Cancer Care as part of the charity’s FAB 1 Million campaign, run with the backing and support of DJ and television presenter Chris Evans and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, with the aim of raising £1m for the charity over a twelve month period.

James has always been fascinated by private number plates. He began buying and selling a few individual registrations with the aim of making enough money to get a deposit together to buy his first house. Ten years later the business is now well established and James prides himself in dealing personally with customers (many of whom come back on a regular basis).

James said: “I was delighted to support the charity as my Mum lost her mum to breast cancer when she was just 29 years old. Also, another close relative was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years ago.”

He added: “Having the opportunity to be chauffeur driven in the FAB1 Million Rolls-Royce Ghost, with such an eye-catching number plate was a fabulous experience, along with a private tour of the manufacturing plant and lunch with one of their designers. The icing on the cake was having the opportunity to test drive Wraith, the most powerful motor car Rolls-Royce has ever built.”

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Contact James Saperia for further information
Contact email: james@simplyregistrations.co.uk
Contact telephone number: 0113 288 7553
Website: http://www.simplyregistrations.co.uk/

Good News for Motorists in Northern Ireland with Personalised Number Plates

Personalised number plate transfers are set to become much easier for motorists in Northern Ireland from July 2014. The proposed merger of the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland and the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Great Britain brings with it changes to the registration assignment rules.

As things stand it is not possible retain a cherished number, or to assign a personalised plate from a DVLA issued V778 retention document to a Northern Ireland registered vehicle. All that will change from 21st July 2014 as facilities currently available to motorists with vehicles registered at DVLA Swansea will be rolled out to motorists in Northern Ireland.

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From Monday 14th July 2014 motorists in Northern Ireland should send applications for assignments, transfers and retentions to:

Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency
Swansea
SA99 1DP

More information on how to place a registration on retention can be found here:
http://www.simplyregistrations.co.uk/blog/retention-of-a-personalised-number-plate/

British Number Plates to be Scrapped?

A European Union proposal to introduce a standard design for all European number plates will not be supported by the UK Government. Several national newspapers including the Daily Express and the Daily Mail broke the news claiming British number plates could be axed. The legislation being worked on by a Dutch Liberal Democrat MEP suggests vehicles across EU member states should all display number plates in common colours.

Fears among British motorists, including some who paid large amounts of money for the rights to display personalised registrations, were evident following an influx of telephone calls and emails to cherished number dealers. The Association of Personalised Registration Traders (APRT), established to promote fair trade in the cherished numbers industry, reacted quickly and soon received a response from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) which states:

“We are aware of today’s articles regarding the EU proposal to standardise the design of vehicle registration numbers. The Agency has been advised by Department for Transport that there are no proposals being drawn up by the EU Commission to introduce a European standardised number plate format. Neither the Commission nor any other EU countries are pursuing this idea. It is just one MEP suggesting that the Commission could consider this idea in the future. The UK Government does not support this amendment; the idea is not going to go anywhere.”

A British private number plate

Private number plate enthusiasts called the EU proposal ‘garbage’.

Considering the sale of personalised registrations raises tens of millions of pounds for HM Treasury every year, it is not surprising officials in Westminster are against the proposal. British motorists are legally required to display number plates on their vehicles to comply with The Motor Car Act 1903; one of the main purposes of the Act is to help identify vehicles and their drivers.

Simply Registrations partners with Supercar Driver

With cherished number plates being our passion, it makes sense that we’ve also got a genuine interest in cars too. With this in mind, we’re delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Supercar Driver (SCD), the North of England’s premier members club for owners of supercars.

SCD is an exclusive club, with members all being proud owners of beautiful examples of fast and powerful cars; think Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, McLaren and other well known marques that represent prestige and performance. The club gives members the opportunity to take part in track days, view private collections, attend rallies and meet up to discuss the many aspects of supercar ownership.

A Super Opportunity

Here at Simply Registrations, we don’t just know our cherished number plates; we’re also well versed in Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) procedures and the intricacies of registration transfers & retention applications. By joining this active community and partnering with SCD, we’ll be able to offer our expertise and advice to all members and assist them in sourcing the ideal private number plate to complement their cars. Finding a number plate to reflect an owner’s name or interests isn’t always easy, but we can help them to identify the right combination to add that finishing touch to their pride and joy.

As part of our affiliation with SCD, I will be attending certain member events so that supercar owners can talk to me directly. I will happily answer any questions and offer my advice free of charge, giving attendees at these events the chance to discover the latest information and matters of interest in the world of private number plates and hear up-to-date news and developments from the DVLA.SuperCar Driver

Are you a Supercar owner?

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can visit the Supercar Driver website and if you own one of their qualifying cars, you can apply for membership of this bespoke club and have the chance to come to one of their forthcoming events. You can get a taste of what goes on at the meetings by watching SCD-TV on YouTube and can also connect on Facebook and Twitter too.

Simply Registrations is delighted to have been accepted by SCD as their preferred industry partner. We can’t wait to meet with the members of Supercar Driver and look forward to working with this exclusive organisation.

DVLA Local Offices to Close – All Work to Transfer to Swansea

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Local & Regional Offices are scheduled to close by the end of 2013. All of the work currently handled at a local level is being centralised and will be processed at DVLA Headquarters in Swansea. We are currently in a transition period; some changes have been made and others are still being implemented. It has meant longer than usual turnaround times for number plate transfers and retention applications. This is having a knock-on effect in the motor trade with many car retailers unable to supply vehicles to their customers whilst they wait for important documents to arrive.

Summary of Changes so far:

1st May 2013 – All trade plate applications dealt with at DVLA Swansea

24th June 2013 – Post Office expands tax disc options

1st July 2013 – All cherished transfer & retention applications dealt with at DVLA Swansea

22nd July 2013 – Tax discs for new cars issued by DVLA Swansea. New law introduced allowing 14 day grace period for display of tax discs.

Personalised Registrations Applications
The change that concerns readers of this blog the most is the processing of all cherished number plate transfers and retention applications at DVLA Swansea. The stance from DVLA hasn’t changed and if you take a look at the official Twitter channel of the DVLA, the advice is to send all applications direct to Swansea. However, our experience suggests you will get a much quicker response if you take your application to the counter of your nearest DVLA Local Office.

From the 1st of July 2013 if you handed in your application at a Local Office it was batched up and sent to Swansea. DVLA headquarters were quickly swamped with an overload of work whilst staff in the Local Offices found their days were dragging as they had very little to do. A couple of weeks later some Local Offices were instructed to only send a small number of applications per day to Swansea – all others were to be processed in-house.

At Simply Registrations we still use the DVLA Leeds Office and will continue to do so until it closes on the 13th of December 2013. We are still able to complete same-day transfers at the counter when assigning a registration from a V750 or V778 to a vehicle. Cherished transfers and retention applications are not completed there and then, however the first part of the application which involves the issuing of a replacement tax disc & MOT Test Certificate is being handled at Leeds and the current turnaround time is 48/72 hours. The V5C Registration Certificates and V778 Retention Documents still take between 2 to 4 weeks to arrive from Swansea.

The hope is that eventually an online system will be introduced to enable much faster processing of cherished transfers and retention applications. Consultations investigating the possibility of making the paper tax disc obsolete, removing the insurance check when taxing a car and the probability that the paper MOT Test Certificate will be scrapped would surely help to speed things up.

For the time being the best available option is to make use of the DVLA Local Offices whilst they remain open for business. Not only does it seem to speed up turnaround times for plate transfers, you aren’t risking your application going missing in the post before it even arrives at DVLA HQ in Swansea. It is more important than ever before to make sure your application form is correctly completed. The staff at your nearest DVLA Office will check your paperwork at the counter whilst you are there. As some motor traders have recently discovered, it is incredibly frustrating to have your documents returned and your application rejected just because you forgot to sign the cheque or put a ‘x’ in the appropriate box on a V317 application form.

We would love to hear of your own experiences if you have had recent dealings with the DVLA. You are invited to add your comments below or to get in touch if you have any related questions.