Provision should be made to exempt classic cars from proposals to ban older cars from driving in London, says a new campaign
21 March 2014

Enthusiasts are calling for the exemption of classic cars in plans to ban older cars from central London. The proposal would see a blanket ban on petrol and diesel cars that don’t meet EU4 and EU6 emissions standards from entering the London Congestion Charge Zone.

Autocar's sister title Classic & Sportscar magazine is leading a campaign to ensure exemptions for classics in the legislation. It is concerned that classics could bear the brunt of the new rules aimed at reducing pollution in the capital.

The magazine wants to ensure the free movement of historic vehicle owned by users living both in and out of the zone; this will ensure the continuation of events such as the Regent Street motor show and the London to Brighton run. It is also proposing that classic car-related businesses should be free to operate without restriction.

Classic & Sports Car group editor James Elliott said: "Even though there are some 800,000 pre-1981 classic cars in the UK, their contribution to pollution is so tiny it is virtually immeasurable, yet they will be just as affected by this as the heavily polluting diesel vehicles that this is intending to curb.

"Classic cars constitute a £4.5billion business employing nearly 30,000 people in the UK and there are many dealers and support industries within the proposed area that could be driven out of business, as well as owners living within the zone who would find driving their own cherished car outlawed overnight. We are not talking about old bangers here, but pieces of history that have been lovingly preserved for generations."

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21 March 2014
Presumably those in the new rolling 40-year old Historic Tax category will be exempted. Doesn't help those with 80's and 90's machinery. FBHVC are quiet on this, at least there has been nothing on their website so far...

21 March 2014
Does this mean that a classic will be defined for this purpose as a car older than 40 years? That's my '91 car and '78 camper (each insured on 'classic' policies) buggered, then. And my '88 bike. AND I live in London. Sheesh.

21 March 2014
@kraftwerk

Actually in 2018 your 1978 VW would become a classic under the rolling 40-year rule!

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21 March 2014
...despite the fact that you have managed to insure a 91 car under a classic insurance policy, I think it is stretching imagination a bit to call any 91 car 'A Classic'!

21 March 2014
289 wrote:

...despite the fact that you have managed to insure a 91 car under a classic insurance policy, I think it is stretching imagination a bit to call any 91 car 'A Classic'!

Autocar say the F-Type coupe is an instant classic, so anything is possible.


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21 March 2014
"Autocar say the F-Type coupe is an instant classic, so anything is possible"

....I think that should be JLR wrote it - Autocar printed it like the good little JLR whipping boys they are ;0)

21 March 2014
it is looking that way at the moment since for UK taxation, it is Historic from 40-year plus under the new budget. There is still a lot of EU discussion going on about definition of a classic - see the FBHVC site for more- they are defining Historic as at least 30 years old in EU parliament, but that hasn't been translated into UK legislation so far.

The camper should be ok if the next government which comes in in 2015 don't stop the rolling exemption - but I wouldn't put money on it bearing it mind it is likely to be Labour again.

21 March 2014
I think TfL should concentrate of 'dirty' buses and lorries before picking on 'classic' cars ...

21 March 2014
The problem is it would affect a lot more than a few 'classics' - anything not meeting EU4 / EU6 would be a gigantic fleet of motors, many of them very modern indeed.

21 March 2014
>> many of them very modern indeed

But we are talking about something six years in the future, by which time today's cars (which are EU4/6 compliant) will not be "very modern"!

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