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Benefits to registering a ‘motor-caravan’ with the DVLA

Assuming you have campervan insurance, it is not a requirement to re-register your vehicle as a “motor caravan” with the DVLA. However, there are numerous benefits in doing so:-
    • Lower Insurance Premiums – As campervans generally have fewer claims than registered panel vans, do fewer miles and aren’t used for commercial use, insurance can be between 10% – 50% cheaper.
    • Contents Insurance – As campervans often contain personal belongings such as televisions and laptops, vehicles registered as campervans generally have better contents insurance than panel vans.
    • Cheaper MOT – Class VII vehicles (between 3000kg and 3500kg) registered as camper vans come under the cheaper and less restriction Class IV MOT rules. When inspecting the vehicle the MOT tester has to test the vehicle “as it is presented”. So if a campervan is presented, that would normally be class VII, even if it is not re-registered as a campervan, the MOT tester should test is as class IV vehicle.
    • Higher speed limit – Vans with an unladen weight of under 3050kg can travel at a maximum of 60mph on a dual carriageway. This increases to 70mph on a dual carriageway for vehicles registered as campervans. All other speed limits remain the same. Vehicles with a unladen weight over 3050kg (i.e. all 3500kg vans) have no change in speed limit when re-registering as a campervan.
    • Cheaper ferry prices – Traveling on a ferry is typically cheaper for a campervan or motorhome than a commercial van. Most ferry companies look at a converted campervan and are happy for it to pay the cheaper campervan price. However, a few ferry companies will use the DVLA log book classification to determine whether to price the vehicle as a commercial vehicle or not.
DVLA info sheet VCA & Type Approval
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