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Ceredigion Archives
Cardiganshire Motor Licensing Records

Reference code(s): GB 0212 CDC/ML

Held at: Ceredigion Archives

Title: Cardiganshire Motor Licensing Records

Short Title: Cardiganshire Motor Licensing Records

Creation date(s): 1903-1978

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Cardiganshire County Council; Ceredigion District Council

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Under the Motor Car Act 1903, all motor vehicles and motor cycles had to be licensed by their local county for use on public roads, and were assigned a unique registration number. Drivers of motor vehicles were also licensed by their local authority. Local authority powers were consolidated by the Roads Act 1920. There were 17 registration authorities in Wales, who acted as agents for the Ministry of Transport. A new system of central administration was started in 1965, but the transition from local authority control to the new central office, based in Swansea, took until 1978. Local offices across the UK dealt mainly with the registration of new and imported vehicles. The local vehicle licensing office in Aberystwyth was responsible for the registration of vehicles and drivers in Cardiganshire and Dyfed until c. 1985.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of motor vehicle licensing, 1903-1978, including registers, 1903-1976; motor vehicle registration cards, [?1903]-[?1976]; transfer cards and acknowledgement of take-on of vehicle record cards, [?1903]-[?1976]; registers of incoming car registration documents, 1957-1966; cash books for taxation of vehicles, 1970-1977; registers of motor vehicle licenses, 1918-1978; summaries of duties on vehicle licences, 1967-1978; vehicle excise licences monthly statement of refunds, 1971-1975; register of driving licenses, 1908-1973; driving licence copy books, 1930-1950; register of trade number plates, 1954-1976; receipt book of full licenses, 1975-1976; records of spoilt licenses, 1970-1978; financial records, 1961-1978; and miscellaneous, 1927-1978.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into five groups: Group One consists of registers, motor vehicle registration cards, transfer cards and acknowledgement of take-on of vehicle record cards, registers of incoming car registration documents, cash books for taxation of vehicles, account books, registers of motor vehicle licenses, summaries of duties on vehicle licences, vehicle excise licences monthly statement of refunds, driving licence copy books, and register of driving licenses; Group Two consists of vehicle and driver registers, register of trade number plates, receipt book of full licenses, and records of spoilt licenses; Group Three consists of financial records; Group Four consists of vehicle and driver registration and licensing manuals; and Group Five consists of financial records, and drivers license copy books.

Conditions governing access: Records closed for thirty years after their creation date.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue

Language codes: eng

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Some material, CDC/ML/5, was previously deposited in the National Library of Wales.

Immediate source of acquisition: Part transferred from the Motor Taxation Office, Aberystwyth, 1978; some deposits transferred from the Local Vehicle Licensing Office, Aberystwyth, per the Manager, 1980, and the National Library of Wales, 1994.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Ceredigion Archives online catalogue (http://archifdy-ceredigion.org.uk/schedules-js.html), Motor Licensing, viewed 17 November 2003; London Metropolitan Archives, Information Leaflets, Vehicle Registration and Licensing, (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/leisure_heritage/libraries_archives_museums_galleries/lma/pdf/vehicle_registration.PDF), viewed 17 November; DVLA Homepage (http://www.dvla.gov.uk), viewed 17 November 2003; Riden, Philip, How to Trace the History of Your Car (Academy Books, London, 1991).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Motor vehicles | Licences | Wales | Ceredigion
Motor vehicles | Registration and transfer | Wales | Ceredigion

Personal names

Corporate names
Cardiganshire (Wales) | County Council
Ceredigion (Wales) | District Council

Places
Cardiganshire (Wales)
Dyfed (Wales)

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