A fresh document from the FBHVC shows they still share the same worries as ACE regarding the overly strict EU proposal for Historic definition. It is an excellent document, well researched and with real world examples that go a long way to explain our shared concerns.
Our story in 2008 led:
Car manufacturers have in the past tried to stop the aftermarket supplying pattern parts and so protect their high profit margins. This in turn would have an adverse affect on the budget / enthusiast who could not afford the high price of replacement OEM components. They have also tried, and failed in the past to prevent the home mechanic working on his vehicle. However by building with increasing technology requiring specialised equipment they are effectively winning this battle slowly.
Not content with this they are now trying to prevent the Independent garages from servicing new vehicles by not renewing the Block Exemption regulations, which allowed the owner to shop around for servicing
It’s easy to claim that news is nothing more than scaremongering; you can then push it away as irrelevant to enforce your viewpoint on others and drive a campaign against that news to enforce your own agenda. Believe us when we say this happens. So often on forums we hear the voices of those who wish to knock ACE for their own reasons.
ACE is well aware that its articles are not always good news. It’s common to see other forums and websites feeding off articles we have presented and readers of those concluding that it’s scaremongering. The nature of the Internet is one where answers are demanded instantaneously, when readers don’t get them, they often wrongly conclude conspiracy and scaremongering.
But let’s wind the clock back a bit:Share
New EU regulation “ Roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers* ” threatens car tuning and any after sales improvements to the roadworthiness, safety and energy efficiency
(* Roadworthiness Package – Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL Periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and repealing Directive 2009/40/EC. Brussels, 13.7.2012 COM(2012) 380 final 2012/0184 (COD).)
Andrew Torrance, University of Kansas Law School, Kansas City, KS, USA
Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, USA
Jari Kuusisto University of Vaasa, Lapua, Finland
Siim Kallas: Vice president of the European Commission for Transport gave his opening address, one poignant point to ACE was his statement on the nature of historic vehicles and modifications:
It’s human nature to believe the things we are told by our peers, as we grow up, but there comes a point in our lives when we stop believing everything we are told. Take for example some of the replies from MEP’s, MP’s and other parties over the “Armageddon” article.
Some of the forums have run extensive threads and inevitably most have followed predictable lines of denial, anger, frustration and disbelief. Some of you have been inquisitive enough to write to those in power and express your concerns. But we question some of those replies as being misleading, diverting and downright wrong.
One of the most common themes running through replies is that the UK government will have a say in the process and ultimately whatever the EU decided is irrelevant until the UK parliament agrees upon it.
Put your pitchforks away and go home, modified vehicles are safe – Armageddon is averted. At least that’s what some people think!
European parliament procedure is, it seems, even more complicated than we realised.
When the EU Roadworthiness document came to our attention it was perceived as requiring immediate attention, with September 5th deadline given by DfT for input into their questionnaire. This is also the date widely being used by other countries for their deadline for stakeholder input.
It now appears, based on articles on other sites that the legislation is further away than was first feared.
The Headline News
ACE has always been of the opinion that modifying of vehicles would eventually end by the ability to do so being slowly eroded by small pieces of legislation rather than one single regulation.
We have unfortunately now been proved correct with a single item before the EC parliament that will prevent any modifying and will, currently, render already modified cars illegal.
Without a large effort over the next 6 weeks this ’proposal’ will pass into law very shortly afterwards.