Vehicle registration records
Vehicle registration began as a consequence of
the 1903 Motor Car Act, which introduced measures to help identify
both vehicles and their drivers. All motor vehicles had to be
registered, and had to display this registration in a prominent
place. Responsibility for registration was passed to County and
County Borough Councils. Under the 1920 Road Act, councils were
required to register every vehicle when licensing and to give each
vehicle its own individual number. In 1965, as a result of the
increasing number of vehicles the system was centralised in
Swansea, with Hull becoming one of 81 regional support offices.
Council responsibility for registration ceased in Hull in 1974.
There are three main series of records at the
C DPR/1/ One register for
early cars (1904-1925)
Two registers for early cars and motor vehicles
C DPR/3 individual
registration cards for cars and motorcycles (1914-1974), there
are 201 boxes in this series so we need to know the year
(definitely) and registration (bonus)
These cards record the vehicle
registration number, vehicle details (eg. Make, model, engine size
etc.) and sometimes transfer details.