Clas­sic get-out clause

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The Fed­er­a­tion of British His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FBHVC) has drafted a ro­bust re­sponse to a con­tro­ver­sial con­sul­ta­tion that could leave more than half a mil­lion clas­sics on SORN re­quir­ing in­sur­ace against third party risks.

It is ar­gu­ing that clas­sics stored in garages, sheds and mu­se­ums should be ex­empted, and for his­toric mo­tor­sport events to be treated dif­fer­ently to mod­ern mo­tor­sport events.

Around 528,000 cars built be­fore 1996 cur­rently on SORN may have to be in­sured against third party risks, de­pend­ing on what ac­tion the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion takes in re­sponse to the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the EU Motor In­sur­ance Di­rec­tive 2009 in the Vnuk case (as re­ported in CCW, 4 Jan­uary, 2017).

Cars in long-term stor­age that are nei­ther li­censed nor on SORN may also need in­sur­ance un­der the pro­posed rul­ings – FBHVC re­search sug­gests that around 12 per cent of all pre-1985 cars in the UK may fall into this cat­e­gory.

FBHVC leg­is­la­tion di­rec­tor Bob Owen says: ‘It is the view of the Fed­er­a­tion that poli­cies pro­posed in the con­sul­ta­tion could have a very sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse ef­fect on the her­itage ve­hi­cle move­ment and thus to British her­itage.’

Both of these Volvos would need to be in­sured if the con­tro­ver­sial Vnuk case is en­forced in the Uk.

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