Revealed: the greatest threat to classic cars
The classic world’s voice in Westminster has claimed that the biggest threat to Britain’s historic vehicle movement is not increasingly stringent emissions legislation, cars being banned from city centres or marginal parts availability – but that of fuel running out.
Sir Greg Knight MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group, told attendees of the National Car Club Awards last weekend that while legislative threats could be tackled by political lobbying and ongoing work undertaken by organisations such as the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the loss of petrol in the long-term puts something of a question mark over the hobby.
He says: ‘ The Government would like to see all vehicles running on renewable energy sources by 2050, which probably means electricity.
‘Once we get to the stage where every new car is electric, petrol stations as we know them will disappear, and that’s a question that those succeeding us in our hobby will have to answer.’
The Jensen-owning conservative MP for East Yorkshire also said that while the current 40-year rolling tax exemption was not ideal – and he recognised the appetite for a 25-year rule – he said he was happy with the status quo in light of the UK’s financial circumstances.