‘Fill in sur­vey to stop Gov­ern­ment threats’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A new probe into how valu­able his­toric ve­hi­cles are to the na­tion’s econ­omy will help pre­vent both the Gov­ern­ment and EU re­strict­ing the free­dom you have to en­joy your clas­sic.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs says more than 1500 of you have al­ready filled in the Na­tional His­toric Ve­hi­cle Sur­vey, but the more re­sponses it gets the more likely the re­sults are to stave off the im­pact of fu­ture leg­is­la­tion.

‘Know­ing the value of our move­ment to the UK econ­omy gives us tremen­dous power in our ne­go­ti­a­tions with gov­ern­ment. This en­sures we re­tain the cur­rent be­nign leg­isla­tive en­vi­ron­ment and that is what al­lows us to freely use our his­toric ve­hi­cles on the na­tion’s high­ways,’ says Fed­er­a­tion chair­man David Whale.

‘Sev­eral of our overseas col­leagues have not been able to be so per­sua­sive and now suf­fer re­stric­tions on these free­doms’.

Among the on­go­ing pieces of leg­is­la­tion set to af­fect clas­sic and his­toric ve­hi­cle own­ers is the UK’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Euro­pean Road­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive, which the Fed­er­a­tion ex­pects will re­place the ex­ist­ing MoT with a sys­tem that ex­empts all ‘His­toric’ ve­hi­cles from road­wor­thi­ness tests. The Depart­ment for Trans­port is due to launch a con­sul­ta­tion on the is­sue, but has so far failed to re­spond to Clas­sic Car

Weekly’s en­quiries about when it will be pub­lished. ‘The re­sults of this sur­vey will be hugely im­por­tant when it comes to mak­ing sure clas­sic own­ers aren’t af­fected by heavy-handed UK and EU leg­is­la­tion in years to come,’ says

CCW edi­tor Keith Adams. ‘I’d im­plore any­one with a clas­sic ve­hi­cle to com­plete the sur­vey – it only takes a few min­utes and the im­pact of its re­sults will be felt for years to come.’

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