How to Road register a Leyland 270 tractor

An area for general discussion
Post Reply
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue May 31, 2022 10:38 am
Great Britain

How to Road register a Leyland 270 tractor

Post by Rogertaplin »


I have tried to road register my sons Leyland 270 tractor but DVLA have returned it to me with this letter attached, (they've asked for a non-UK registration certificate or export certificate, am I wrong in thinking it was manufactured here in the UK!)
Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be much appreciated.
I also can’t help also thinking this tractor would have been road registered from new, I bought it with no log book or number plate and is there a way of finding out?

Many thanks Roger

User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 347
Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:05 pm
Location: Northamptonshire
Great Britain

Re: How to Road register a Leyland 270 tractor

Post by JohnP »

These are question that I receive.

My vehicle has a registration number plate on it, why doesn’t DVLA recognise it?
Until the late 1970s, the vehicle registration system was based on paper records held by local authorities. From the mid-1970s, registration records were transferred to a centralised computer system. This happened automatically when tax discs were renewed, and new computerised registration documents were issued.
Owners of vehicles that were not re-taxed during this period were given several years during which they could send in their old style log books and have their vehicles recorded on the new computer, but this option ended in 1983. Registrations that had not been transferred to the DVLA system by 1983 were “lost” and are no longer recognised, but they can be re-claimed in certain circumstances.

Background information
In the early 1970s the DVLA began to computerise records of vehicles previously maintained by local vehicle taxation offices. This process involved the registration of new vehicles and the conversion of records already in circulation.
The computer record for old vehicles was closed in 1983 and vehicles which were undergoing restoration at that time were issued with letters from the DVLA. In 1990 rules were introduced which allowed vehicles to claim back their original mark, on a non-transferable basis. This means that you will not be able to transfer it or put it onto retention at a later date.

Registration of Historic Tractors

The following is from the "INFORMATION" page of the club web site;

Are you having difficulty registering your newly acquired Tractor? or you just can’t be bothered with the hassle of dealing with ‘Officialdom’?

Unless you have a Number Plate and the Tax Discs have been kept up to date then 99 times out of 100 Swansea will have no record! All records prior to 1983 were destroyed!

If you have a number plate or want an age related registration then please talk to our expert Dave Morgan. This will save you a lot of time when you send in a registration application. When it comes to filling out forms most people get it wrong! Dave has the time, expertise and contacts at the DVLA to do the job for you. Each year Dave helps to register nearly 80 tractors.

All pre 1983 tractors are ‘Historic’ when it comes to taxation and they run on ‘Heavy Oil’ not diesel. Also all Nuffields are ‘Orange’ not red!! Even a description like ‘Red’ will result in your application form being returned to you!

Please note that the DVLA have increased the registration fee to £55.00, also if you are applying for an age related registration number the DVLA now require personal identification. This ID will normally be in the form of your photographic driving license, this can be a photocopy.

This service is now available to all UK tractor owners no matter what make! Dave can be contacted on Telephone; 01454 311684 or Mobile; 07747 608341

Note:- When sending documents through the post to Dave please could you ensure that the correct value of ‘Postage Stamps’ have been added. With the recent changes to the size and cost of posting envelopes a 1st class stamp is NOT usually enough for an A4 envelope full of documents.

If it ain't bust don't fix it!
Rick Cobley
Senior Member
Posts: 451
Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:32 pm
Location: Leicestershire, UK
Great Britain

Re: How to Road register a Leyland 270 tractor

Post by Rick Cobley »

Hi, Go to ebay and search "Vin to Reg" These people have access to extensive databases and can sometimes find you the lost registration number, then its a simple matter of filling in a V62 with the information to obtain a V5.
The Leyland Vin is just the last 6 numbers!

Regards Rick Cobley
Post Reply