Will we still be able to drive in 20, 30, 50 years?
FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) poses the biggest question facing the historic vehicle community today: In 20, 30, 50 years’ time, will we be allowed to drive historic vehicles at all? “We can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to our future motoring freedom,” says FIVA President Patrick Rollet. “Congestion, pollution and road safety issues – all legitimate concerns – are contributing to the potential demise of motorists at the wheel of their own vehicles. Yet it’s the historic vehicle that is most at risk, despite their almost negligible effect on pollution and congestion, and our excellent safety statistics – while generating significant economic, social and tourist benefits.” …and will there be people to drive them? “But it’s not just a question of whether we’ll be allowed to drive. Perhaps the even bigger question is whether there will be drivers to use them; or, with the advent of autonomous vehicles, are drivers becoming ever more ‘historic’ themselves?” Why does it matter? “For the enthusiast, the answer is obvious,” continues Rollet. “The pleasure we get from owning, maintaining and using our classics is beyond description, b [...]
Responsible for all mobility policy in the European Commission
On 9 September Tiddo Bresters, Nataša Jerina and Andrew Turner met with Jocelyn Fajardo and Alisa Tiganj, both members of EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s Cabinet. The meeting was made possible and arranged by Nataša, who is a member of the Slovenian Federation SVAMZ. During the 45 minute meeting, the FIVA delegation first explained FIVA, FIVA’s objectives and actions and the cultural and economic value of the preservation and use of historic vehicles. They then had a very constructive dialogue with the Cabinet members about historic vehicle use within the context of the DG MOVE’s policy motivations and current initiatives. The meeting was very timely because DG MOVE has very recently published a document detailing its strategy for low-emission mobility which takes a holistic view of measures to better manage mobility using pricing and technological tools. FIVA therefore stressed that historic vehicles are different and distinct from all other road vehicles because of their cultural [...]
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today (22-9-2016) introduced legislation to help preserve the legacy of American automobiles and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act will authorize the Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records of American automotive and motorcycle history. “Few engineering innovations have had the same impact on American society as the automobile, and it is important for us to preserve the stories of vehicles that have played a critical role in American history,” said Senator Peters. “This legislation will ensure records of the historic vehicles will be available to inspire the next generation of automotive engineers and celebrate the accomplishments of the automotive industry that continues to be a vital part of our economy in Michigan and the United States. I am proud to work with the Historic Vehicle Association, the FIVA representative in the US and Canada, and the American Motorcyclist Association to support the preservation of America’s rich and unique automotive history.”
The European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met in Brussels on 7 December. FIVA and the MEPs had informed and constructive discussions about historic vehicles and policy concerns notably about the EU’s Low-Emission Mobility Strategy Low Emission Zones, Road tolling, the REACH legislation. The Group will next meet in march 2017.