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    I have successfully self uprated a Fiat Ducato Circa 1991 from 3200KG>3500KG without issue through the DVLA.

    I attempted it again recently (same style vehicle/same weight increase) and was informed that the policies and procedures have changed.

    Is anyone able to shed any light on these recent DVLA changes or point me to the right part of their site to see these changes.

    Thank you.

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    You could use these people but there is another company whose name escapes me and he is cheaper, what weight are you upgrading to?, depending on your age if you can go above 3500 it is cheaper for road fund licence
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    have a look at this post by admin, he used the other company I was trying to remember, JR Consultancy
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    Out of curiosity can you downrate a vehicle ?
    Looking at numerous new motorhomes some manufacturers give you the option of uprating from 3500kg to 3850kg or even higher.
    Letís assume I buy a vehicle and take up the option and uprate to 3850kg. When I reach 70 years age could I downrate to 3850kg ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obanboy666 View Post
    Out of curiosity can you downrate a vehicle ?
    Looking at numerous new motorhomes some manufacturers give you the option of uprating from 3500kg to 3850kg or even higher.
    Let’s assume I buy a vehicle and take up the option and uprate to 3850kg. When I reach 70 years age could I downrate to 3850kg ?
    I presume you mean downrate to 3500Kg?
    Yes you can. It is actually a Down PLATE, not a down RATE you would do.
    It is a paper exercise and costs you the price of the VIN Plate (in your case, you could save the VIN plate that gets replaced and just put that back) plus the cost of a weightbridge ticket showing you are at or under the GVW of the plate. No need to use SV TECH or anyone like them.
    Very common thing and DVLA get Down Rates all the time for License reasons.

    DIY job for under a tenner including the stamp on the letter to DVLA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tezza33 View Post
    J R Consultancy
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    Phone 01359 250808
    Email johnatjrcon@aol.com
    If you email him and tell him what you need he will get back to you
    Thank you. I have tried John on a number of occasions, as he has a good reputation & is more realistically priced for my pocket ;-) , but alas he is very hard to get hold of!

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    Down plating is probably what I'll do on next van.

    Always a bit dubious when looking through specs of new MH's. If buying new, why offer an uprate a 3500Kg vehicle? Why not put it on the proper base in the first place? Fiats are available from factory up to 4250KG, Renault Masters up to 4500Kg and Sprinters up to 5000Kg. I know why, of course, save a few £ for the convertors. The paper work exercise of uprating is little more than playing about with with axle payloads, unless additional work is carried out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildebus View Post
    I presume you mean downrate to 3500Kg?
    Yes you can. It is actually a Down PLATE, not a down RATE you would do.
    It is a paper exercise and costs you the price of the VIN Plate (in your case, you could save the VIN plate that gets replaced and just put that back) plus the cost of a weightbridge ticket showing you are at or under the GVW of the plate. No need to use SV TECH or anyone like them.
    Very common thing and DVLA get Down Rates all the time for License reasons.

    DIY job for under a tenner including the stamp on the letter to DVLA.
    Until recently the same applied for raising the weight. Although there were companies that offered the same paper service; with the right information,(plate, weighbridge ticket/proof of air suspension/uprated tyres etc)- it was perfectly possible to do it yourself; if a little time consuming.

    If anyone knows where the recent DVLA change in regulations are to be found; I would be extremely grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark61 View Post
    Down plating is probably what I'll do on next van.

    Always a bit dubious when looking through specs of new MH's. If buying new, why offer an uprate a 3500Kg vehicle? Why not put it on the proper base in the first place? Fiats are available from factory up to 4250KG, Renault Masters up to 4500Kg and Sprinters up to 5000Kg. I know why, of course, save a few £ for the convertors. The paper work exercise of uprating is little more than playing about with with axle payloads, unless additional work is carried out.
    Agree with you and another reason is the dealers buy them in at 3500kg so anyone can drive them. If they bought them in at 4250kg or 5000kg it would drastically reduce the number of potential buyers due to younger drivers being restricted to 3500kg or under.
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