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.
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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.
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.
The German government has announced that Historic vehicles will be exempt from restrictions, or fines, resulting from the Low Emissions Zones currently being set up in many cities.
On the surface it’s an encouraging initiative but reading the definition of Historic vehicle, as applied by the German authorities, shows the problems with creating a tight definition.