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Re: trafic fake windows

Im not sure on the UK regs ,but when I had my AX van,it was supposed to remain with panel sides and a flat rear floor.
I left it that way,but there were 3 aspects to it.

1.Youre definitely supposed to leave it as bought.
In practice some do remove the panel and put in windows and or put in seats.

2.Motor tax here. If youre going to tax it as commercial(cheaper) you better leave it as it arrived.,only using it during buisness hrs..depends on ins too.

3.Ins : mine didnt cover vans (commercial usage) .However once I informed them that it was to be taxed normally and used as a "normal car" (2 people only) there was no premium hike.

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Re: trafic fake windows

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Thanks, that's entirely possible and it does seem a shame to go to all the expense and still end up with a van, but would it change the vehicle classification and then attract the attention HMI of taxes for VAT recovery, even if I kept the windows totally blanked?
I think the regulations have softened over the years, but I think its the combination of seating and glass, or just seats, that changes the classifications.
As far as I know there is no stipulation that says the panel has to be metal, so replacing it with fitted black-out glass panels should be exactly the same. I don't know if glass windows would be more of a security risk seeing what is inside, but chances are if someone wants to break-in to any vehicle they will do it regardless of what protections are fitted.

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Re: trafic fake windows

Many thanks one and all for your valued responses to my original question, they were all welcomed and given careful consideration. As suggested I eventually plumped for a full set of factory tinted privacy windows which have worked out very satisfactorily for me. Having started out thinking I'd make do with simple adhesive backed plastic sheet, I went the whole hog! Well, not quite as it's still a van with the wooden panelling inside still to maintain the privacy required. I did have the metal panelling cut out so if, at some point in time, I or the next owner wishes to take it a step further then it should be plain sailing. I've informed my insurers fully of the changes and was pleasantly surprised to find that, as it was still blacked out as a van, then there would be no increase in premium. Have to confess that I still have to advise the correct authorities of the same. So must make this a priority. I'll try to add a couple of photo's for you to assess the outcome. Oh, by the way the Windows were purchased from Vanpimps who were excellent with not only the supply but support also. Also, I engaged Car Glass and Trim of Ipswich to complete the work for me, having chickened out of attacking my two year old van with a tin opener myself! Couldn't fault either company for their professionalism.
Anyway thanks once again to you all and apologies if the title "Fake windows" turned out, unintentionally, to be misleading in any way!
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