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Some of the UK’s proposed Clean Air Zones will not allow historic models to enter the city centre while London’s new Ultra Low Emissions Zone expansion threatens modern classics. The new changes could see drovers forced to ditch their classic cars or face hefty fines for using them on the road.
FIVA President, Tiddo Bresters has warned the new regulations run the risk of “threatening” classic car use.
The experts warn access and pricing for local areas can vary between twins and cities which causes confusion among drivers.
He said: “While FIVA fully supports the move to a greener and more sustainable future, forthcoming changes to mobility regulations across Europe could unintentionally threaten the use of historic vehicles on public roads.
“FIVA works hard to protect this ‘mobile museum’ for future generations to enjoy.”
The group has urged the European Commission to publish guidance for member states on the unique role of classic cars.
Although the advice would not apply to the UK now we have left the EU, many cuties here face similar issues.
The ULEZ expansion will come into force from 25 October and will have a massive impact on modern classics.
Drivers who have a historic vehicle tax class will be exempt from the ULEZ but fees will apply for other vehicles which do not meet the regulations.
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This means owners of cars which are not more than 40 years old, built from 1981 onwards, will need to pay the charges.
The updates have left many Londoners contemplating giving up their cherished classics for fear of picking up heavy charges.
Luca Lucchesi, the owner of a 1989 Bentley Turbo R in South London told Hagerty it would “not make sense” to keep his car.
He said: “I use it on a weekly basis and it just won’t make sense to pay £12.50 a time to drive it.
“I have another car, a Range Rover, which I could use instead but I think I will change the Bentley for something older that’s exempt.
“I’m lucky that I can afford to do this, but a lot of people won’t be able to.
Birmingham and Bath
This 40-year exemption for historic vehicles is also applicable in Birmingham and Bath who have already introduced its Clean Air Zones earlier this year.
Bath’s new Clean Air Zone does not charge any private drivers, instead focusing on private hire vehicles and businesses.
Oxford Council has plans to introduce a Zero Emissions system meaning all internal combustion engine cars will face fees from August 2021.
They have also confirmed drivers who receive a historic vehicle tax exemption will receive a 100 percent discount.
This means non-exempt vehicles will face a daily fee which will be set at between £2 and £10 per day.
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