16 December 2018

Also Launched today on the MVT Website is our New all in one multi functional MVT website contact form. This will replace all other contact forms on the website and bring everything together in one place, making it even easier to contact the MVT.

This is another reason why it pays to be a member of the oldest and largest military vehicle club in the world.

16 December 2018

Launched today on the MVT Website is another free members only benefit called Mail Call.

This is a page on which MVT members can ask for information about their particular vehicle, this can be vehicle history, photographs, technical specs, parts requests or looking for other members who have similar vehicles etc.

Your request will be hosted on the page asking for what ever you want and you can choose to have replies emailed direct to you so you get the information quickly.

This is another reason why it pays to be a member of the oldest and largest military vehicle club in the world.

8 December 2018

Improvements to Membership Services.

We are introducing a new and improved membership service in January 2019. Watch this space for updates…..

  • Every member will have their own personal account set up in the new Sentinel membership service system which will be accessed through our website www.mvt.org.uk

  • Members will need to register and create their own account and password so they can access their accounts, so they can join or renew their subscription, or check or amend any data that we hold on them under GDPR 2018 (General Data Protection Regulation)

  • In response to many requests, we are also introducing a telephone helpline so that members who are unable to pay online can now pay over the telephone.

  • Payment methods include credit/debit card, paypal or setting up a direct debit, which is our preferred method, as it helps us to keep our costs and therefore your subscription levels as low as possible.  Unfortunately, we can no longer accept payment by cheque as this method has become cost prohibitive; however, you can now pay by telephone.

  • In the future, members will be able to access their PPLI documents in Sentinel – until this feature is introduced, they will still be available via the PPLI portal.

  • We will be sending out more frequent renewal reminders and other communications, especially by email, which is the by far the most cost effective and environmentally friendly method (an email is 1/10 the cost of a letter). To help us do this please make sure we have your current email address as soon as possible by checking and/or amending your details in the new Sentinel membership service system when it is launched.

This is another reason why it pays to be a member of the oldest and largest military vehicle club in the world.

12 November 2018

Coming soon to the MVT Website is another free members only benefit called Mail Call.

This is a page on which MVT members can ask for information about their particular vehicle, this can be vehicle history, photographs, technical specs, parts requests or looking for other members who have similar vehicles etc.

Your request will be hosted on the page asking for what ever you want and you can choose to have replies emailed direct to you so you get the information quickly.

This is another reason why it pays to be a member of the oldest and largest military vehicle club in the world.

10 November 2018

The MVT website launched the latest upgrade to itself today with the release of this our very own new news page the  MVT News.

If you have a news story or article you think other MVT members would be interested in then please send it in with photographs if you have them using the link above.

03 November 2018

The MVT website will be undergoing a lot of changes in the next few months, this is all part of the process of up grading and improving it for the benefit of the membership.

Today the latest change to the website went live, the new interactive MVT area meetings  page with interactive map, which will make it much easier for MVT members and prospective new members to find there nearest area meeting and the contact details of its area secretary. Why not take a look now.

12 October 2018.

Bob Lawson our Data Controller for the Council of Management sent in this article about the changes coming because of the offensive weapons bill 2017-19, thanks Bob.

Offensive Weapons Bill 2017-19

The relevant section after amendments was published on 20th August 2018 for the past hearing 12/09/2018 is listed as Sect. 30.

The bill in bullet points will:

  • create a new criminal offence of selling (both online and offline) a corrosive product to a person under the age of 18 – the substances and concentration levels of what constitutes a corrosive product are set out in the bill

  • create a new criminal offence of possessing a corrosive substance in a public place – there is a defence of possessing the corrosive substance for good reason

  • create new criminal offences prohibiting the dispatch of bladed products and corrosive products sold online to a residential address – the offence for bladed products is limited to those that can cause serious injury and includes defences for made-to-order items and those for sporting and re-enactment purposes

  • create new criminal offences on delivery companies of delivering a bladed article or a corrosive product on behalf of a seller based outside the United Kingdom to a person under 18

  • update the definition of a flick knife and prohibit the possession of flick knives and gravity knives (their sale is already prohibited)

  • amend section 141 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to make it a criminal offence to possess certain offensive weapons (such as knuckledusters and zombie knives)

  • extend the existing offences of possessing a bladed article or offensive weapon on school premises to cover further education premises

  • amend the legal test for the offence of threatening with an offensive weapon to aid prosecution

  • prohibit high energy and rapid firing firearms and a device known as a bump stock which increases the rate of fire of rifles and provide for compensation for owners of such weapons.

My comment:-
As you can see the Bill is mainly for criminal and terrorist acid attacks, knife attacks and recent new developments in the firearms world like bump stock rifle conversion/designs and rapid fire 50 cal semi auto short actions.
The designed anti-terrorist provisions for high energy guns proposed sections are for things to be added as updates & improvements to compliment existing legislation. From the 1968 Firearms Act, the more than 2 inch barrel diameter, for live firing of blank ammunition in historic artillery definition is not mentioned, this allows at present the issue of a licence as a section 1 firearm and in the legislation is by convention defined and referred to as ‘Canon’ not rifle.
The Police mention in their ‘Bill Impact Assessment’ their stated purpose:- ” To prohibit the supply and possession of high muzzle energy firearms, bump stocks and certain rapid fire rifles through the exercise of the Secretary of State’s powers under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968.”

My conclusions – mixed bag I’m afraid.
The Bill is not specifically designed for blank firing artillery used by re-enactors, historical collectors . . .  but
historic artillery may be affected with the usual initial coverall default Bill wording as written at the moment, but eventually interpretation of the law will have to be left to the Police guided by the Home Office with submissions through the courts and experience tells me that Joe Public will not win against an anti-terrorist/crime Bill, so it doesn’t look good without further specific amendments via Parliament.

Optimistically the Home Office may give owners of historic artillery a section 5 and provision for blank ammunition only with extra security for keeping, but I have my doubts.

Alternatively, like much of the recent and forthcoming legislation in several European countries like Germany, weapons may require inspection certificates and all that goes with it like modifications by gas axe to satisfy reduced pressure test results or modified chambers/ barrel liners/actions or with sub calibre inserts etc. But it does look like a substantial change is on the cards. We will not win against the Government where anti-terrorist laws are concerned. This is the time for members to express their opinions on the Bill to their Member of Parliament.
Bob Lawson – MVT Data Protection Officer.

About the author: Bob Lawson, now retired, was a Superintendent of a UK Licensed Explosive factory, a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) for 28 years with a section 5 for 21 years, his businesses owned several live artillery pieces up to 155mm as test weapons and regularly designed and test fired prototype live ammunition.

Ref: https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/offensiveweapons/documents.html