In 2020 with many of us driving less and working from home the option to move to a Club Permit is worth considering. If you don’t regularly drive your classic Porsche… moving from standard vehicle registration to a club permit can save you a lot of money! VicRoads issues club permits for 45 driving days or 90 driving days, but there are a few hoops you’ll need to jump through to get one.
Broadly speaking these are the steps required:
Check the vehicle eligibility
Join a VicRoads approved vehicle club
Check what certificates you need
Complete the forms and get your application approved by your vehicle club
Submit the application and pay the fee
This VicRoads website link takes you through the steps and requirements in more detail, but here’s a couple of tips for first timers…
As a starting point you’ll need to check your car is eligible for a club permit which is sometimes referred to as a Historic Plate. Vehicles manufactured more than 25 years before the date of the application for a club permit fit in the Classic and Historic vehicles classification and are eligible, so even the early 993’s can now be driven on a club permit.
Under a club permit you can either choose to drive your vehicle for a maximum of 45 or 90 days per year, and are required to keep a log book and make an entry for each day the vehicle is used. The logbook must be filled in before you drive the vehicle… there is a hefty fine associated with driving without a completed logbook!
Once you’ve confirmed that your car is eligible, you’ll need to join an approved vehicle club. Most of our customers join Porsche Club of Victoria (PCV), the joining fee for PCV is $50, plus an annual $200.00 (single), or $215.00 (including partner). This PCV link details the requirements to achieve club approval of your application, including vehicle documentation, photo submissions, and the completion of forms. One of the documents required is a current Certificate of Roadworthiness (RWC). It’s important to note that the RWC still needs to be current (no more than 30 days old) when the final application is made to VicRoads, otherwise a new RWC will be required!
So what’s the payoff after all your endeavours to secure a club permit? A club permit for 45 days costs $79.60, and 90 days costs $153.90, and includes the cost of a logbook. This is a substantial saving versus the standard vehicle registration fee of $834.80, even after you take into account the cost of joining a vehicle club. Plus when you move to a club permit there is often an associated saving in vehicle insurance costs. The good news is that once you have a club permit, it’s easy to renew each year.