Beamish Museum – Inquest into the death of Karl Doran
In July 2012 Karl Doran was tragically killed when he fell from the tow bar he was sitting on which was attached to a living van being pulled by the Wallis & Steevens Steam Road Roller being driven by Karl’s father.
On 2nd December 2013 the Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle recorded a verdict of accidental death saying; “This is a very simple case but an incredibly tragic one at the same time”.
Following the accident the HSE asked the NTET to provide details of its Engine Owners Code of Practice and for comment on the driving of traction engines in public places particularly when towing trailers and carrying passengers. The NTET replied formally to the request but neither was it asked and nor did it comment on this tragic accident.
An improvement order requiring risk assessments to be carried out on the use of traction engines has been served on Beamish Museum by the HSE who also advise that their enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the accident are still ongoing.
Again the NTET extends its condolences and sends it deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Karl.
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FIVA welcomes Patrick Rollet as new President of FIVA
Delegates from 54 countries gathered from November 14th to 16th in Split (Croatia) to attend the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) Commissions’ meetings and the General Assembly. The FIVA has the declared objective of preserving the rights of its member organisations around the globe to use yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads.
The main agenda item of the event was the election of the new President. Out of four candidates, Patrick Rollet (F), was elected as the new President of FIVA for the next three years. He succeeds Horst Brüning (S) who will be remembered as the president who globalised FIVA with the recruitment of countries such as the USA, Canada, China, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Serbia has been the most recent nation to join FIVA. Consequentially, 64 countries are now members of this worldwide organization which represents more than 1.500.000 individual historic vehicle enthusiasts.
FIVA was incorporated in 1966 and has determined that it needs a more modern and professional structure for the future. The FIVA members accepted the plan for this presented by Bernhard Kaluzza who proposed a completely new FIVA structure to take effect from the next General Assembly meeting in November 2014.
On the political side, FIVA has reinforced its legislative action this year to ensure that “yesterday’s vehicles can use tomorrow’s roads” and has, for example, successfully lobbied the European Parliament to include an amendment to the new Roadworthiness Testing Directive.
The Legislation Commission, chaired by Tiddo Bresters (NL), is preparing to carry out a new Socio-Economic Research Project which will be launched in March 2014. The last survey organized by FIVA was in 2006 and needs to be updated.
FIVA wants to promote itself as a cultural organization and therefore seeks recognition from UNESCO as an INGO (International Non- Governmental Organization). This is the next step after the creation of the Charter of Turin presented earlier this year in Stuttgart. A working Group under the lead of Thomas Kohler (CH) is pursuing this objective.
The General Assembly thanked Tony Davies (GB) who for the past six years has held the challenging portfolio of Trade and Skills. He has carried out surveys and has lobbied other FIVA members to take action in preserving the traditional skills, restoring, repairing and archiving all aspects related to the historic vehicle movement. His successor is Jos Theuns (NL), who was a member of the working group and he will continue to build on the foundations Tony laid.
Mark Gessler (USA), Vice President Technical, presented initial ideas for a new FIVA Technical Code to be implemented in 2015. The Digital Library and scanning of the issued FIVA ID Cards is still in progress.
The Events Commission of FIVA, chaired by George Ioannides (CY), is considering the future of events. Due to the economic situation in most countries, fewer events are being placed on the FIVA Events Calendar.
Carlos Scosceria, Director South America, reported on the excellent cooperation between the countries in this part of the world. He has piloted the model of having FIVA ambassadors covering a region and in the near future, FIVA will replicate this model, appointing ambassadors for Asia and the Middle-East.
Not only cars were discussed in Croatia. Palmino Poli (I) reported on the first international Motorcycle Week in June 2013 and the success of the FIVA World Rally for Motorcycles.
2014 will be a special year for our utilitarian and military vehicles. Renato Pujatti (I), Director Utilitarian Vehicles, will promote FIVA during the commemoration of the Normandy Landings in June 2014.
FIVA has a triple 'P' mission : Protection, Promotion and Preservation. Promotion is the responsibility of our Director Communication, Peeter Henning (B), who presented the new internet homepage which will be launched very soon with several innovations such as links, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
There were many positive outcomes from the 2013 General Assembly and the new FIVA President Patrick Rollet closed the international assembly expressing his intention to lead FIVA into the future as a truly professional organisation.
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It is with particular sadness I have to advice of the passing today of Pat Evans the wife of Bill Evans and both long standing members of the Rally team and organisers of the Malpas Rally
Our thoughts are with Bill and the rest of the family at this sad time and we offer our deep condolences.
Robert Herring, Chairman
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CHANGES TO THE V765 SCHEME
The NTET is registered with the DVLA as an authorised administrator of the V765 Scheme and has recently received notice from the DVLA advising of the details of the changes to the scheme brought about by the closure of all of its local offices. Below I reproduce the letter in the style of a notice; highlighting the changes and modifying the past and present tense.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Local Offices are closing. Vehicle registration procedures will be centralised at Swansea. The first 14 offices will close on 25th October 2013, with a further 12 closing on 22nd November 2013 and the final 13 offices closing on 13th December 2013. At the end of this notice is a schedule of the office closures.
The centralisation of services at Swansea has meant that new policies and procedures have had to be considered. This letter sets out the new procedures for services previously provided by Local Offices in respect of the registration and licensing of historic vehicles.
This notice covers changes in procedures for:
• The verification of documents for V765 applications
• Obtaining a tax disc following a V765 application
• New DVLA VI N format
The verification of documents for V765 applications
Until these changes were introduced DVLA customers could take original documents such as old log books, to the Local DVLA Office to be copied and verified and then submit these verified copies with their V765 application. As a result of centralisation, DVLA has carefully considered the impacts of posting original valuable and historical documents to Swansea for processing.
• From 21st October, any club listed on the V765/1 'List of vehicle owners' clubs' will be able to photocopy and verify original old documents that support a V765 application.
• The copies must be annotated 'authenticated copy' and be stamped, signed and dated by the V765 club signatory (preferably on the front of the document) taking care not to obscure any vehicle details.
• The authenticated copies should be submitted with a stamped and approved V765 application.
In line with current procedures for authorising V765 application, applicants/signatories cannot verify their own documentation.
Where there is evidence that documentation is being falsely verified by an owners' club, they will be immediately suspended and possibly removed from the V765/1 authorised list.
Obtaining a tax disc following a V765 application
Before the changes came into affect, when making an application under the V765 scheme, the application was processed and the tax class showed 'not licensed'. On receipt of the V5C, the keeper then has to make an application for a tax disc at the DVLA Local Office. Under certain conditions, applications for a tax disc can be made with V765 applications and processed directly at a DVLA Local Office.
• From 21st October, applicants will be unable to make an application for a tax disc in conjunction with a V765 application.
• In addition, for applications made via the V765 scheme, vehicles will no longer be put into the 'not licensed' tax class.
• When a V765 application is received and successfully processed, the keeper will be issued with a Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) showing the tax class as 'historic' or 'private light goods' (whichever is applicable).
• When the applicant wishes to tax the vehicle, this can be done at a tax disc issuing Post Office® in the usual way using this V5C.
• The vehicle will only fall within the scope of Continuous Registration (CR), Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) penalties, or Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN), after the first tax disc has been issued at the Post Office®.
The vehicle must not be used or kept on a public road without a tax disc.
New DVLA VIN format
Since 1 October, as part of the centralisation process the format for DVLA vehicle identification numbers has been changed to reflect that they are issued centrally rather than by an individual local office.
The new format will replace the SABTVRO;
DVLASWA 397 13(year) 146(Julian date) 02(issue number)
1. The first 7 characters SABTVRO have been replaced with DVLASWA.
2. The Local Office number will be fixed as 397 (Swansea Local Office Code)
3. The next two digits will indicate the year of registration i.e.13.
4. Followed by the current date on the Julian calendar i.e.146
5. The final two digits will be the issue number for that day and will start at 01.
Any SABTVRO VINs already issued will continue to be accepted for registration purposes.
General reminder to V765 Administrators
In light of the centralisation of services at DVLA Swansea and the above changes, it is timely to issue a reminder of the requirements and expectations of Owners'/enthusiasts clubs when approving and supporting applications under the V765 scheme or verifying date of manufacture for age related numbers.
Vehicle Owners Clubs should only provide evidence of the date of manufacture for vehicles over 25 years old or in instances where the manufacturer is unable to assist. The club must verify the vehicle before providing dating evidence, which should contain a note of the source material used to determine the date.
Please familiarise yourselves with the V765/3 'Guidance notes for those countersigning V765 applications and/or verifying date of manufacture for age-related numbers'. Any applications that do not meet the requirements will be rejected. Clubs who continually submit applications that do not meet the requirements will be suspended and possibly removed from the V765/1 authorised list.
As a result of these changes, a new version of all forms/leaflets in the V765 series will be issued. These are currently in the process of being updated and a copy of each will be sent to you as soon as they are available.
Issued by: David Smith
Head of Technical Services Unit.
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At the Trust's AGM on Saturday 16th November 2013 at Hickstead, Sussex awards were made to a number of people who have made a significant contribution to our hobby. It has become a tradition that most of the awards should come from the area where the AGM is held and most the recipients lived within thearea of south-east England. The awards were presented by the President, Andrew Semple.
The first trophy to be awarded was the Arthur Napper Cup which this year went to the Amberley Museum.
The next trophy was the Dacre Lacy Cup and it was no surprise this was awarded to Joe Walker for the outstanding restoration of Fowler 12906 Foremost.
Mr J Bailey passed away earlier this year and many people wished there should be recognition for the help that he gave to so many people. He was awarded the Choisy & Simpson Cup and this was presented to his widow, Mrs P Bailey.
Another group to receive recognition for their work was the Claude Jessett Trust and they were presented with the Morris's Golden Film Shield. The shield was presented to Peter Haining and Adrian Vaughan.
The John Crawley Trophy was presented to James Hamilton for his significant contributions to our hobby through his work as a photographer.
The Edney Shield is always presented to someone who has given considerable service to the Trust. This year sees the retirement of Irvin Barraclough from the General Council and it was fitting that he should receive this award.
Trevor Evans was presented with the Jack Holloway Cup for his services to the Trust.
Unfortunately Dave Freemantle was not able to be at the ceremony but he was awarded the Percy Hirons Bowl for his work with his agricultural engine.
The largest trophy is the Baker Toc-H Cup and it is awarded for "the 'big' engine owner whose standing and stature is countrywide." This year's recipient was Les Searle.
The Eric Middleton Trophy was awarded to Colin Hazlehurst but unfortunately he was unable to be present to accept it.
The John Cook Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the overall winner of the Photographic Competition and this year's winner was Paul Cook.
The trophy specifically for an owner of a portable engine is the The Jack Holloway Portables Fruit Bowl and this was presented to Roger Luck.
The Doc Romanes Trophy is for someone or a group that has supported the Steam Apprentice Club. This was presented to the Claude Jessett Trust and it was accepted on their behalf by Adrian Vaughan.
The award for taking an engine on a long and outstanding journey is the Curtis Bowl. This year this was presented to Dee Searle and Della Fagg for the their journey from Horsham to the Great Dorset Steam Fair, on to the rally at Old Warden Park and finally south through central London and back to Horsham - 400 miles!!
The final trophy was the Steam Apprentice Club's Techical Achievement Award which this year went to James Allison. The list of his achievements is outstanding and it took several minutes to list all the things he has managed to do in such a short space of time.. Not only did he receive a trophy but also a copy of 'Machinery Handbook' and an oil can.
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The family of the late John Quick have kindly donated his papers dealing with the early days of the traction engine hobby.
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