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Do I have to alter an LCV to go private?

Are there any physical changes i.e. replacing missing seats for say NCT purposes in order to switch from crew cab to private? I presume the commercial tax test is the same as NCT?

Many thanks

Richard Spicer (Bray)

Jun 2020 Filed under: commercial vehicle

Expert answer

Hi Richard,

There are no issues in terms of seats etc if you want to run a commercial vehicle as a private car — it’s simply a change in the rate of tax that you pay, and all you have to do is talk to your local motor tax office. You’ll be charged a tax rate based on the cubic capacity of the engine. As for the NCT, you’ll still have to get the vehicle tested on the Light Commercial Vehicle test, every year. Even if it’s taxed privately, it needs that rather than an NCT. 

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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