Classic get-out clause
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.