Until about 4 years ago it was illegal to own a Government issued Invalid Carriage. They were allotted as an Appliance not a car. So like a Zimmer frame or commode. Privately bought ones had a different chassis number stamped on them. At that time any remaining cars were to be handed to the Government for disposal. You remember, the green
Labour Government that started wars and sponsored chucking deleted uranium around the deserts. But hey, that's abroad, man, so its OK. Yep, they scrapped some 70,000 vehicles plus 10 years worth of spares rather than sell them to someone needing cheap transport, like India at the time. Its great being green
. Remember it took a charity, Lady Diana and Heather Mills to get them to send used false legs to the poor sods who's legs were blown off by the West's land mines.
Anyway some survived by various, mainly naughty, means. Having closed down the offices that dealt with all this the DHSS, or what ever it is now, washed its hands of it by declaring the ones left can be owned and put on the road. Hurrah for nutters!
Problem - They are Invalid Carriages, however they do not meet modern regulations so cannot be used as such without notification. Ha, thought the bureaucrats!
Nutters decided this was wrong and thus some years of entrapment found DVLA having to issue valid registrations for ID able cars as PLG. Hurrah for nutters!
Cannot prove the ID as all cars had their chassis plates removed before scrappage, including most survivors that went out the back door. Ha, thought the bureaucrats!
Nutter holds up huge file of DHSS records freely obtained, well it was simpler than burning them, or leaving them on a train, way back before anyone wanted to drive these things. Its called archiving and Her Majesties Government will give proper Clubs and Registers records they do not want to store themselves. We can prove the ID of all but 5% of IC cars, with reg number and possibly even who it was last issued too. Hurrah for nutters!
Bureaucrats give in and have ginger biscuits and tea to get over it.
So you can register these and drive them as PLG. They can be Quads, if you want, and get into the London Iron Lung/Curtain/Wall thingy and belch two stroke everywhere
. Well they are fresh out of Trabbis. You can drive them on the Motorway, law repealed as these officially 'do not exist' any more as Invalid Carriages
! You have an Invalid Registered Vehicle now, not the same. As far as I know no one has tried the motorway or they did not live to tell us about it
! To be honest only a couple are in regular use and doing much what they were meant for in transporting folks locally who have iffy legs and petrol-headed partners. One in mid Lincolnshire, where I sold it.
Most are in collections and Sheffield Bus crowd have one at the old Tram workshops, for those in metalwork land. I understand it moves tools and batteries around the huge workshops and does the chippy run.
If you want one I might be able to sort one out. There will be a few spare ones, but needing work, unless you wait for me to do the work and give me lots of extra folding type stuff. I have found folk are reluctant to do that.
I can bore for some more if you implore.