Text below has been taken from the RMS website. Information placed on the RMS website will always take precedence.
Historic vehicles may be registered under the Conditional Registration Scheme. The conditional registration of historic vehicles is referred to as the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS). The HVS was developed in consultation with industry.
Historic vehicles (including trailers) must be 30 years of age or older as from the year of manufacture.
The registered operator must be a member of a Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle club.
If the operator changes clubs during the currency of the conditional registration, an Historic Vehicle Declaration proving vehicle and operator eligibility for the new club is required.
Historic vehicles must be as close to original condition as possible, with no alterations except for safety features such as seatbelts and turn indicators, or period accessories and options, if desired.
LPG conversions are allowed providing it is approved by the Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle club.
Registering a vehicle in the Historic Vehicle Scheme
To conditionally register a vehicle in the Historic Vehicle Scheme, you must attend a registry or service centre in person and present:
- A completed Application for Conditional Registration
- Proof of identity such as a NSW driver licence
- Proof of registration entitlement (eg an original receipt for the vehicle, which clearly shows the buyer’s name, the seller’s name, address and signature, the VIN or Chassis/frame or serial number and the date of acquisition)
- A Historic Vehicle Declaration, signed by an official of a recognised and participating historic vehicle club, not greater than 42 days old. To minmise any exposure, the Small Ford Car Club also a requires a pink slip or similiar be obtained to demonstrate the vehicle is in safe working order.
Historic vehicles can be used for events organised by Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle clubs or community organisations, provided an official invitation has been received and recorded by the club in the official minutes, or ‘Day Book’.
Historic vehicles can also be used on a road or road related area for:
- Servicing within a short distance from their place of garaging
- The inspection of the vehicle.
If a longer journey is necessary, the operator must notify the club and the details recorded by the club in the official minutes or ‘Day Book’.
Operators wishing to use historic vehicles for the passenger transport for weddings or other functions should first check the requirements under the Passenger Transport Act 1990. For information about passenger transport requirements, contact the Enrolment Processing Unit on 1800 227 774 or (02) 9891 8900. The operator must also seek approval from the club, and the details recorded by the club in the offical minutes or ‘Day Book’.
Historic vehicles must display conditional registration number plates and a current registration label.
Name bars may be affixed to the number plate provided the positioning of the name bar does not obscure the number plate.
NSW historic vehicles may be used temporarily in other States and Territories, under the same conditions as apply in NSW.
Visiting vehicles under a similar scheme in their home State or Territory may be used temporarily in NSW, under the same conditions as apply in their home jurisdiction.
Historic vehicles under the historic vehicle scheme may be operated on roads and road-related areas only under the following conditions:
- ‘Registered operator must be a member of an authorised motoring club’
- ‘Use only in conjunction with an authorised club event or maintenance’.
The name of the registered operator’s club is also recorded as a special condition. If the registered operator belongs to more than one club, the name of the primary club or other clubs may be recorded as a special condition as requested.
Other conditions may be recorded as required.
The Certificate of Approved Operations, detailing the conditions applicable to the operation of the vehicle, must be carried in the vehicle whenever the vehicle is used on a road or road related area.
Historic vehicles can tow a trailer that is either fully registered, exempt from registration, has an Unregistered Vehicle Permit or is conditionally registered.
Historic vehicles must meet the following requirements if carrying a load:
- Loads cannot be carried for commercial purposes
- Loads must be the private property of the vehicle operator and/or carried as part of a club event
- The maximum load allowed is two thirds of the manufacturers load limit
- The load must be restrained to the standards detailed in the Load Restraint Guide.
Seatbelts and child restraints
Cars, tourers and limousines can only carry one person per seating position. Seatbelts must be worn, where fitted.
Drivers of historic vehicles under the historic vehicle scheme are exempt from the requirement to fit child restraints when carrying children between 12 months and seven years of age, provided:
- They have written advice from a Licensed Certifier that it is not reasonably practicable to install seatbelts and/or child restraints in the historic vehicle, and
- This written advice is carried in the vehicle when transporting any child between 12 months and seven years of age.
All passengers under 12 months of age must be restrained in an approved child restraint.