Re­vealed: the great­est threat to clas­sic cars

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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