As several UK localities adopt fines, new auto tax reforms might put classic cars in jeopardy.
NEW CAR TAX CHANGES COMING INTO EFFECT IN CITIES ALL OVER THE UK MAY “INACCIDENTALLY THREATEN” THE USE OF CLASSIC CARS.
Some proposed Clean Air Zones in the UK will prevent vintage vehicles from entering city centers, while London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone extension threatens modern classics. Drivers may be compelled to sell their historic automobiles or face large fines if they continue to use them on the road as a result of the new restrictions.
Tiddo Bresters, President of the FIVA, has cautioned that the new laws risk “threaten[ing]” historic car use.
Experts caution that access and price for local areas can differ between twins and cities, causing motorist uncertainty.
“While FIVA wholeheartedly supports the transition to a more sustainable future, upcoming changes to mobility legislation across Europe may unintentionally jeopardize the usage of vintage vehicles on public roads,” he stated.
“FIVA works hard to ensure that this ‘mobile museum’ is preserved for future generations.”
The association has encouraged the European Commission to issue recommendations to member states on the special role that historic cars play.
Despite the fact that the advice does not apply to the United Kingdom now that we have left the EU, many cuties in our country suffer comparable problems.
The ULEZ enlargement will take effect on October 25th and will have a significant impact on current classics.
Drivers with a historic vehicle tax class will be free from the ULEZ, while other vehicles that do not fulfill the rules will be charged.
This means that owners of cars that are less than 40 years old and were manufactured from 1981 onwards will be required to pay the fees.
Many Londoners are considering giving up their beloved classics as a result of the modifications, fearing hefty fines.
Luca Lucchesi, the owner of a 1989 Bentley Turbo R in South London, told Hagerty that keeping his car would “not make sense.”
“I have another car, a Range Rover, that I might use instead, but I guess I’ll replace the Bentley with an older, exempt vehicle.
“I’m fortunate in that I can afford to do this, but many others will not.”
This 40-year exemption for antique vehicles is also valid in Birmingham and Bath, where Clean Air Zones were established earlier this year.
Private drivers are not charged in Bath’s new Clean Air Zone, which instead focuses on private rental vehicles and companies.
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