Can I change my van from an N1 classification to an M1?

I recently bought a LWB (L2H1) Vauxhall Vivaro Crewcab Van. I've just received the V5 and it's been listed as a panel van with an N1 classification. According to the DVLA rules, my van has a rigid roof, seating behind the driver, rear and side glazing, with the only thing I'm unsure of being the ratio between the passenger space and the cargo space. Do you know if I can ask the DVLA to reclassify my van as M1?

Asked on 15 January 2019 by Rich

Answered by Dan Powell
In our experience the DVLA isn't very accommodating when it comes to changing the classification of a crew cab van - this is because many owners simply want the M1 rating so their vehicle qualifies for the higher, car-like speed limits. It's still worth a try, but you'll have to provide compelling evidence to prove the van's original N1 classification by Vauxhall is fundamentally flawed.
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