THE MILITARY VEHICLE TRUST
Hello and welcome to the website of the Military Vehicle Trust.
We are now officially, the worlds largest military vehicle club and the only charity dedicated to keeping our mechanical veterans alive..
We are a charitable organisation dedicated to the conservation of ex-military vehicles.
Many of our members look after and restore a wide range of ex-military vehicles with origins in both the UK and overseas and from pre World War one to the present day. They include the well-known jeep, tanks, transporters, lorries, ambulances, cars, Land Rovers, motorbikes, and even the humble folding bike.
You can contact the MVT by Email or telephone using our call handling service Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
There is a network of 33 local MVT areas throughout the country (please see the interactive map ) where like-minded people meet up, enjoy the hobby and offer mutual support to one another. They organise meetings, social events, outings and events and many are active on social media. Please see the interactive map below to find one near you.
As many of our members are ex-services, we have close ties with ex-servicemen's associations. In particular many areas have close involvement with the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal with members and their vehicles supporting the collection points.
MVT members pay particular attention to the authenticity of vehicles, equipment and displays. Our events are of educational value for members of the public and we try to ensure that the younger generations are aware of our heritage and the debt we owe to all branches of the armed forces. All members are proud of the standard of their vehicles and this is reflected in the frequent requests for vehicles for film and TV work.
The MVT and its members attend and organise a variety of shows both big and small across the U.K., see our Events Calendar, and even into Europe in 2019 for the 75th D Day Tour back to the beaches where it all happened in some of the vehicles who actually landed there in 1944 for real! We are extremely proud as a registered charity to help and support our veterans in returning to the beaches on which they fought for our freedom and the freedom of the whole of Europe in 1944 - 1945. By our presence with the vehicles we cherish we help to educate and inform the people who attend about what happened there in 1944 to 1945 and the debt of gratitude we owe to all who fought for us to be free today.
Clean Air Zones Legislation is a Danger to our Hobby !
The MVT are running a campaign to help save our hobby from being priced off the roads of the U.K. forever. If you want your kids and grand kids to be able to pursue and enjoy our hobby then act NOW and don't leave it to someone else to do, it will be too late by then!
Please read the article on clean air zones to see what is happening and then print off the MVT Campaign letter and send it to your Local MP and Councillors to let them know the impact this flawed legislation will have on your hobby and your right to pursue it. It will take you 5 minutes but it could preserve our hobby for ever !
A.G.M 18th July 2021
Notice is hereby given of the annual general meeting of the Military vehicle trust, 1p.m. on Sunday 18th July 2021 to be a virtual meeting held online.
Details of how to register your interest in attending will be given in the next edition of windscreen magazine and on this website. Links to this online meeting will be issued in the week prior to the meeting.
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MVT Response to COVID-19 and the emergence of the Indian variant.
May 17th 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the past 12 months a very difficult time for many. We would like to thank members for their continued support and the way in which they have adhered to our COVID guidance, even though it has meant the suspension of almost all activities during the past year.
Over the next few weeks and months, England and the Nations will continue to ease the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. This is now all dependent on the spread of the Indian variant and the rate of vaccination. This easing is allowing a slow return of MVT activities. We look forward to our hobby being able to re-start and to welcoming members to events and meetings once more. For a variety of reasons, some members will feel more comfortable returning to normal activities at a slower pace. Organisers of MVT meetings and events will be sensitive to these feelings and make every effort to remain inclusive for all members.
As a charity and a responsible public organisation, we have a duty of care to continue to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount. Our own four step road map sets out how the easing of government restrictions relate to MVT activities:
As from May 17th 2021- larger gatherings up to 30 people permitted.
Most legal restrictions on meeting other people outdoors will be lifted, the "Rule of 6” will still apply indoors. This means that meetings of up to 30 people will be allowed outdoors. As indoor meetings and overnight stays will still be subject to the “Rule of 6”, overnight or indoor events will not be permitted.
Gatherings of over 30 people remain illegal.
No earlier than June 21st 2021-
This date is very much dependent on how the spread of the Indian variant or if it is contained with continuing vaccine roll out. If the spread is contained the Government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact so there will be no maximum limit on outdoor or indoor meetings.
This means all events and meetings should be able to resume as normal. It might be though, that some members can’t or don’t want to mix in a larger group but would be happy to take part virtually, so meetings may be a ‘hybrid’ with some attending via the internet.
As lockdown eases, we must all remember that COVID-19 will remain a part of our lives and do everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe. We must continue with Hands / Face / Space for as long as they remain in place, and respect others who wish to continue to follow these rules after they have been lifted.
The above guidance is dependent on factors such as infection rates of the new Indian variant, vaccine roll out and any effect that new variant strains may have, and as a result may be subject to alteration. Please stay informed about any changes to National or local amendments. Members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and oversees members should follow their own governments' timescales when restarting activities. If any local lockdowns are put in place to respond to isolated outbreaks, like the Isle of Man, they will override this guide and that guidance must be followed.
We know our vehicles are highly conspicuous, wherever they go, so let’s remain vigilant, follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way as we return to being able to enjoy our hobby.