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 on: Today at 07:14:28 AM 
Started by craigrobertson - Last post by rustylandrovers
My experience is a bit out of date now (I'm 32, how did that happen!?) but I too was 20 when I bought my first LR.

As someone already mentioned, one thing which made a big difference to me at that age was adding both of my parents as named drivers on my policy. Even adding my girlfriend made it cheaper! I queried this over the phone, and the explanation was simply that as a 20 year old male, increasing the likelihood that someone else might be driving actually reduced the risk to the insurers! As I was still the main driver it was totally above board, but saved me a fair chunk.

It was still I think £800 the first year though, at which point I already had 2 years no claims from my first car.

 on: Yesterday at 08:21:53 PM 
Started by craigrobertson - Last post by KLR875
Have you tried a multi-car policy with other members of your family? This is how we got our 20 yt old on our S2 for approx £50 extra… good luck
The ownership of the car may be worth looking into also … sometimes needs to match the main insured person

 on: Yesterday at 06:38:41 AM 
Started by craigrobertson - Last post by w3526602
Perhaps if you kept a couple of chickens you could claim to be a farmer


My mate at DVLA (now Reg Gen Shipping.retd) had difficulty getting insurance for a Minivan.

He solved the problem by declaring he was a CIVIL SERVANT & BEE KEEPER.

That mate recently had to call out the Coast Guard, when his little outboard motor failed in Swansea Bay. I wonder if he gets trade rates?
A ploy I've thought of, but too old to try ..... 

As soon as Junior turns 17, get him a licence, so he has the best possible answer to "How long have you held a licence?"

Even better, get him through a bike test ASAP.

Surely having a full bike licence will earn him a few Brownie points with the Underwriters?  I can't remember if the proposals ask if you have a full licence, and if so, for how long. ??? If yes, would it matter what Groups you are licenced to drive?


 on: Yesterday at 06:26:22 AM 
Started by Smokey 11a - Last post by w3526602
How can I find that out - or have the DVLA lost all the pre-computerisation information?


To the best of my knowledge (I started at DVLC in 1972), we did not receive any history when a driver moved over to the computer system. You just sent in your old licence, an application form, and the fee. The Driver System went LIVE, I think, in 1974.

The Vehicle System went live maybe a couple of years later, but initially, you dealt with your Local Office, and they sent everything to DVLC.

I say to the best of my knowledge ... I was aware of most things that were going on, including many ad hoc decisions, such as dumping thousands of "notification of sale" cards, and I personally helped my team dispose of tons of the old green log books. (I personally returned some very interesting log-books back to the owners, paying for the stamps myself. Probably a "disciplinary offence" if caught).

Some of our older readers may remember their Local Office cancelling their grubby old VE60 (I think), and returning it with a nice new copy. It was only later that I realised it was so the DVLC Data Input clerks could key the data onto paper tape, at 13,000 keystrokes per hour (allowed 1 error per 1000 key strokes. Every document was keyed twice, and the results compared).

One of my girls could maintain 36,000ks per hour, with NO errors, which was embarrassing. She spent too long walking to her manager's desk to collect fresh work ... which was logged by the clever keyboard. The solution was to allow her to collect three batches of work at a time.

I devised a system that allowed me to see at a glance how often any one of my girls had visited the ladies room, how long she had spent there, and who she had met while there. Similarly with days off sick. I didn't implement either ... my girls under enough stress as it was.

All verbal warnings were recorded on personal files.  I received one such warning (in the RAF it would have been a commendation). I'd put myself in an "iffy" situation, to prevent all of DVLA coming to a standstill, by climbing into the paternoster system). The sealed envelope travelled with me when I moved to a new branch. My new boss handed it to me, unopened, said he didn't want to see it.


DVLA's "avowed intent" was to collect taxes, and help fight vehicle crime. Any help given to enthusiasts would be from the goodness of somebody's heart.

 on: Yesterday at 04:17:39 AM 
Started by Wittsend - Last post by Bioheat
Having just recently (within the last week), installed a new dizzy, complete with electronic ignition and new coil, I did a physical spuce up, gave it a complete wash and clean out. I'm all set to take it to Metal Dash this weekend. First time it's been 100% road worthy in over a year.

 on: September 16, 2021, 11:48:59 PM 
Started by Wittsend - Last post by Genem
^^^ Welcome to the Forum James. Are you a Club member ? If so let [email protected] know and Alan will set you up with member level access to the website etc.

Cheers !


 on: September 16, 2021, 11:24:42 PM 
Started by Wittsend - Last post by James P
Evening, just joined the forum and wanted to introduce myself. I have recently purchased a S2a 1968 and this is my first foray into the series world. I had (until recently) a 200Tdi Defender 1993 which I'd owned for some 12 years and had just finished a nut and bolt rebuild on a galv chassis, my first ever, and then some scum stole it off my drive in July. So having always wanted a S2 I decided now was as good a time as ever to take the leap. I'm not really a purist and I've probably made a whole host of errors in my purchase, but before I embark on anything restorative I thought it wise to seek guidance. I'm in Wiltshire. Cheers.

 on: September 16, 2021, 11:06:11 PM 
Started by Ndrwdz - Last post by rustynuts
They will soon be going the same way as tax disc holders.

Breaking news - club shop to start selling Series air con kits, electric conversions and amphibious conversions for those living in the low lands.

 on: September 16, 2021, 10:52:49 PM 
Started by LN11AAB498A - Last post by Ph0en1x_Uk
No worries.

Yes, keep you eye on the Events page on our microsite:

That's the master list of what's going on!

Good luck with the fuel tank.  :cheers

 on: September 16, 2021, 10:37:42 PM 
Started by LN11AAB498A - Last post by Neil Bymouth
Thanks James. I can't make it but I would be interested in any greenlaning around Salisbury Plain sometime.
My petrol tank after 30 plus years has just started leaking so I've got to get it sorted. The new one arrived today so I can put Slosh sealant in it when the latter arrives tomorrow, then paint it and get Ian at ASV to fit it as I still can't do much myself yet after my hip replacement.

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