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.
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.
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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.
In an unexpected move, the Department of Transport has announced that pre-1960 cars and bikes will no longer require a valid MOT test to be road legal.
Owners of exempted vehicles, which account for around 160,000 currently on the road, will still be legally required to ensure that they’re roadworthy, in proper condition and safe, but, from 18th November 2012, are no longer obliged to take the annual inspection.
This move comes, despite widespread resistance from the classic car world.
The FBHVC ran an on-line survey at the end of last year in its attempt to canvas the public’s reaction to these proposals. The survey ended at the end of January 2012 and the full results of that survey are now available.Share
The FBHVC has made the EU aware of the huge financial contribution of Classic vehicles and as such they have agreed that member states can exempt these vehicles from parts of legislation IF they so wish.
However the entire FBVHC argument is based on the facts collated from their survey that classic cars, in general, only cover 1500 kilometres per year. They even went so far as to ‘disown’ those using classics on a more regular or even daily basis.
We have been made aware of the following posting on the FHBVC site.
The bureaucracy involved with correcting or substituting engine numbers on V5C documents and making minor engine capacity changes on old vehicles was discussed in November 2010 at a meeting between members FBHVC’s legislation committee, the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group, the Under-Secretary of State for Roads and Motoring, Mike Penning MP, and two senior officials from DfT and DVLA.
As reported by ACE previously, FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) have developed a definition of just what an Historic vehicle is.
This was recently presented to the EU and potentially will become the basis of legislation.