Thanks Brian. I realised it wasn’t BHP which is what confused me. Interestingly, the genuine 1938 tax disc I have, has bicycle BSA and in the H P box, 10, which must relate to BHP. ❗ maybe the P.O. clerk all those years ago wasn’t of the difference between the two methods of measuring p,owner output.
What was written was probably decided at the local issuing office. I have the original tax discs for my 1925 Scott from 1925 through to 1960.
From 1925 to 1938 the discs were issued by Kent county council and from 1925 to 1932, they wrote MAX in the space provided for “Unladen Weight”. From 1933 to 1938, the wrote MAX in the area designated “Seat Capacity” with occasionally a line through “Seat” and cc added after MAX. That continued until 1950 with Essex and Middlesex issuing offices. A box labelled “HP” was struck through in all examples.
In 1951 to 1952, they wrote 596cc in the “Seat Capacity” box. In 1954/55 they had reverted to MAX again. I don’t know what happened between 1955 and 1959 (I don’t have the discs) but by 1960 the design of the disc had changed and they now had a box labelled “Cap or HP” and my disc had MAX written in that box. Another Scott tax disc for 1964 has 596cc in the box.
I think that confirms my suspicion that the filling out of the discs was largely down to the clerk at the counter at the time. Happier days perhaps, when a copper looking at a tax disc could decide whether or not it was correct and in date 🙂
Has everyone now removed the tax discs from their cars and bikes now that they have been redundant since October 1st ? A VERY silly move I reckon because Joe Scrote can now steal a car, look for another one of the same model and colour, make a note of its registration number, and get a pair of plates made, and fit them to the stolen motor. Stolen car, no MOT, no insurance, and the police ANPR cameras won’t detect it !!
On other forums there is much debate about what to put inside the now redundant tax disc holders (at least those that don’t go straight in the bin). I wonder if a nice laminated “limit gauge” or “Squirrel” picture might look good?