CITY BAN FIGHTBACK
UNESCO joins battle against cities banning classics
European car clubs have joined forces with UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to help battle classic bans in cities.
FIVA (the organisation representing European classic car clubs) has persuaded UNESCO to give its patronage to more than 40 classic events across the world in recognition of classics being a key part of the world’s modern history. The collaboration is part of the World Motoring Heritage Year (WMHY).
It is hoped UNESCO’s backing will help convince authorities not to ban classics from city centres as Paris has (see below). Speaking exclusively to CCW, Gautam Sen, FIVA’s vice president of external relations, says: ‘Part of WMHY involves a wider remit to bring attention to how important vintage vehicles are part of humanity’s culture and should not be banned from entering city centres.’
London overturned its decision to ban older vehicles from entering the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) from 7 September 2020. However, Oxford is still expected to ban classic vehicles from its city centre from 2020.
WMHY kicked off on 10 March with the first event in association with FIVA’s celebrations in the US at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. A further 42 classic car events are scheduled to be included in WMHY with UNESCO patronage.
The UK’s WMHY events included Drive-It Day on 23 April, the London to Brighton Run on 1 May and MGLive! on 5-6 June (see page 8).
Initially deemed as a snub by many, FIVA is offering select events this year with a preservation award – but none are from the UK. Events to get the award include Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, Le Mans Classic and Cartier Travel & Style Concours d’Elegance.
FIVA assures CCW that events had to put themselves forward for special recognition and none from the UK did. It also says four events were submitted for inclusion in the wider WMHY from the UK, and all were accepted.
Pebble Beach in California is one of the events being used to show city bureaucrats that classics are
part of our heritage.