‘Fill in survey to stop Government threats’
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.’