WOULD A EURO-WIDE ‘CLASSIC PASS’ WORK?
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.