Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

Ban­ning pol­lut­ing cars from city cen­tres is noth­ing new – but in Ger­many clas­sics with ‘H’ (as in His­toric) regis­tra­tion suf­fixes are granted ex­emp­tions. It’s a sim­i­lar story with Lon­don’s forth­com­ing Ul­tra Low Emis­sions Zone, which doesn’t ap­ply to tax-ex­empt UK clas­sics.

Sir Greg Knight of the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Ve­hi­cle Group reck­ons that a clearer, Europe-wide recog­ni­tion of what con­sti­tutes an his­toric ve­hi­cle would help clas­sic own­ers across Europe – and set a prin­ci­ple that they’re valu­able pieces of her­itage that are wel­come in its cities.

‘I would sup­port an in­ter­na­tional def­i­ni­tion of his­toric ve­hi­cles as I be­lieve this would be help­ful pro­vided there were no strings at­tached,’ he says. ‘For ex­am­ple, I would not want to see his­toric ve­hi­cles de­fined as those that are re­stricted in use or could only be used on cer­tain days of the week. If for­eign coun­tries are in­tend­ing to bring in such re­stric­tions, we should have none of it.’

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs and the in­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Ve­hi­cles An­ciens work on the ba­sis that cars should be treated as His­toric Ve­hi­cles once they reach 30 years old, rather than the 40-year rule that’s cur­rently used by the UK Gov­ern­ment to de­ter­mine road tax ex­emp­tion for older ve­hi­cles.

A tale of two Land Cruis­ers. The Ger­man reg­is­tered one is al­lowed into its home cities be­cause it’s ‘H’ reg­is­tered, but the French-reg­is­tered model will be banned from Paris un­der the lat­est May­oral de­cree.

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