Historic Conditional Registration in NSW

Historic Conditional Registration (HCR) is a form of registration, issued by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for vehicles over 30 years old, as close to original condition as possible, and operated by a member of an RMS recognised club.

The RMS doesn’t define “as close to original as possible” but leaves that to each individual club to determine. In our case, the SCCA Registrar makes the decision. We accept period options and accessories (such as disc brakes on Bugeyes, alloy wheels, fibreglass bonnets) as long as the car appears original and the options were available 30+ years ago. We cannot accept modifications such as flared mudguards, engines or gearboxes other than BMC A-series etc.

For a Registration Fee which includes CTP, HCR allows you to use your car:

    • for events organised by the Club;
    • for events organised by another Club or recognised community organization, provided an official invitation has been received and documented by the Club;
    • for servicing (obtain fuel, check tyre pressures, charge battery, check brakes etc) within a short distance from the place of garaging;
    • for the inspection of the vehicle;
    • for private use longer journeys, with a maximum of 60 days per year.

No, HCR doesn’t allow you to use the car for a trip to the supermarket, the beach, the pub or coffee shop, unless it is documented as one of the 60 days of private use. If you use your vehicle for reasons other than as mentioned above, and you have not completed the 60 day log book in advance of the journey, the car will be considered unregistered and uninsured. The other car that you might hit, or the person that you might injure, could cost you your family home.

The Sprite Car Club of Australia has RMS approval to issue HCR to our members, and to arrange for the renewal of HCR. We currently have over 200 vehicles on HCR. Many of these are of course Sprites and Midgets, but there are some other interesting vehicles on the list: Morris Minor, Lamborghini Espada, MGB, XU1 Torana, Triumph Spitfire, Ferrari 308GST, US Army Hummer, 1071cc Mini Cooper, Indian Chief motocycle to name just a few.

To get a vehicle on Historic Conditional Registration, it needs to be inspected by the Registrar and some RMS paperwork needs to be completed. The vehicle needs to be in roadworthy condition, which can be demonstrated either by the Registrar’s inspection or by presentation of a Safety Inspection Report (“Pink Slip”). It’s really that easy.

The SCCA decided many years ago to charge $100 for initial Conditional Registration, and for annual renewals. We pay the RMS whatever their current fee happens to be (currently $60) and the balance goes towards Club funds. However, in exchange for that contribution to the Club, the Member receives:

        • a Certificate issued by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (applies to Sprites and Midgets only)
        • free entry to the SCCA Annual Concourse.
        • hassle-free registration renewal, as we take the paperwork to the RMS on your behalf.

As with your other vehicles, the RMS will mail you a Registration Renewal each year. Included with this will be an Historic Vehicle Declaration, which needs to be completed by both you and the SCCA Registrar. You need to demonstrate that the vehicle is roadworthy (again, inspection by the Registrar or presentation of a Pink Slip), and hand over the Registration Renewal accompanied by your $100 payment. The Registrar will then deliver the documentation to the RMS, read the latest copies of Sprite Torque or Classic and Sportscar Magazine while he waits in the queue, renew your registration and mail you the completed Registration papers. What could be easier?

If your 30+ year old car has been modified, do not lose hope. The RMS recently introduced the Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS), another form of conditional registration specifically to cater for modified vehicles. This would apply to a Sprite with non-BMC engine and/or gearbox, a Mini with a cross-flow aluminium cylinder head, a 1934 Ford with a flat-head V8 etc. The rules and regulations governing vehicles on CVS are the same as for HCR. The only difference is that the Registrar does not have authority to pass the vehicle as being roadworthy, so a Blue Slip is required for initial CVS registration, and a Pink Slip for renewals. The cost is $125 per year.

Conditional Registration is a privilege of membership of the SCCA, and not a right. The 200+ vehicles mentioned above are saving our Club members over $140,000 each and every year in registration and insurance costs, simply because the RMS have authorised us to participate on the scheme. For this reason, any breach of the RMS or the Club’s requirements regarding use of the vehicle, or renewal of the Registration, will be taken very seriously. For the benefit of all other members involved, breaches will be reported to the RMS and the member concerned counselled with regard to the matter. Continued breach of the regulations will result in the member’s expulsion from the SCCA.

So you have a 30 year old vehicle and want know more about Conditional Registration? Just phone or email the Registrar.

Colin Dodds, Registrar SCCA. ph: 0414 789 263