OPIN­ION

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis - EDI­TOR KEITH ADAMS

We’re in in­ter­est­ing times, that’s for sure. The idea of ‘ban­ning’ pre-1997 cars from Paris fills me with dread on so many lev­els. It’s a city that has a great num­ber of older cars still in reg­u­lar ser­vice, and if noth­ing else, I can see the re­sult be­ing a whole raft of Re­nault 5s, Twin­gos and Citroen BXs be­ing lost to the Scrap­page schemes that are in­evitably go­ing to be in­tro­duced in the com­ing months. I’m of the opin­ion as a Fran­cophile and a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Paris – of­ten in old cars – that this will be a big­ger deal for Parisians than the pow­ers-that-be think. Es­pe­cially in the cur­rent mood of militancy that’s sweep­ing across our near-neigh­bour. Rather like the FBHVC, Greg Knight and the AA, I sus­pect that our leg­is­la­tors will be more sen­si­ble – and that all cars reg­isted as ‘His­toric’ and that are 40 years and older will prob­a­bly be ex­empted from fu­ture ini­tia­tives. Even in Ox­ford. Hav­ing said that, it does feel like we’re hav­ing our free­doms messed with, and that’s some­thing that any gov­ern­ment will do at its peril. Es­pe­cially in what will be an elec­tion year.

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