FUZZ TOWN­SHEND

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Road tax ex­emp­tion is a fan­tas­tic perk, for us clas­sic car own­ers and I’m all in favour of its re­in­state­ment for ve­hi­cles aged over 25 years, but I think that this perk should come with a con­di­tion. I sug­gest that duty ex­emp­tion should come as a re­ward for re­spon­si­ble own­er­ship and that

ve­hi­cles which have been put through a recog­nised safety in­spec­tion within the pre­vi­ous

24 months are those granted this perk. Iron the process out a bit and have the rolling ex­emp­tion at 30 years and bring in a sim­i­lar MoT ex­emp­tion at the same ve­hi­cle age, but in­tro­duce a non-in­spected road fund li­cence at a

sim­i­lar rate to gas guz­zling mod­ern cars. This would, I be­lieve, en­cour­age good prac­tice

and pro­vide a use­ful marker for bet­ter main­tained ve­hi­cles when it comes to buy­ing and sell­ing. I know I keep bang­ing on about clas­sic ve­hi­cle safety, but some whinge­ing old

bloke has to.

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