A POT­TED HIS­TORY OF EX­CISE DUTY EX­EMP­TION

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

1994

Trans­port Min­is­ter John MacGre­gor of John Ma­jor’s Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment an­nounces that cars over 25 years old would re­ceive His­toric Ve­hi­cle sta­tus and be­come ex­empt from road tax.

1998

Tony Blair’s Trans­port Min­is­ter Gavin Strang in­tro­duces a freeze to the cut­off date for His­toric Ve­hi­cle sta­tus at 1

Jan­uary 1973.

2013

Ge­orge Os­borne’s bud­get moves the cut-off date to 1 Jan­uary 1974,

ef­fec­tive from 1 April 2014.

2014

Os­borne an­nounces re-in­tro­duc­tion of a rolling date: from April 1 each year, ve­hi­cles built be­fore Jan­uary 1 of the year 40 years pre­vi­ously will be con­sid­ered as his­toric ve­hi­cles ex­empted from pay­ing road tax.

2015

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs calls for the Govern­ment to recog­nise clas­sics more than 30

years old as his­toric ve­hi­cles. A sim­i­lar ar­range­ment used in much of con­ti­nen­tal Europe and rec­om­mended by the Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale des

Véhicules An­ciens (FIVA).

2016

A pe­ti­tion call­ing for the orig­i­nal 25year rule for rolling tax ex­emp­tion is signed by more than 15,000 peo­ple in its first week of go­ing on­line – and can

still be signed up un­til 24 June.

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