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 [...]
As it lobbies for Europe-wide low-emission-zone exemptions.
According to FIVA – the international federation of historic vehicles – a ‘historic’ vehicle is not simply an ‘old’ vehicle. FIVA is lobbying EU politicians for a clear definition of a ‘historic vehicle’ as it calls for consistent, Europe-wide exemptions from low-emission-zone restrictions. Patrick Rollet, president of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), explains: “By ‘historic vehicle’, we mean a mechanically propelled road vehicle at least 30 years old, preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition and not used as a means of daily transport. These vehicles are part of our technical and cultural heritage and, in our opinion, should not be lumped together with old, badly maintained cars that are used as cheap, everyday transport, when considering the problem of urban air pollution.” FIVA understands the need for low-emission zones or LEZs, as towns have to comply with targets set in EU air-quality Directives and to meet health concerns expressed by the World Health Organisation. Clearly, as older vehicles tend to be more polluting than newer vehicles, LEZ measures often target older vehicles – but FIVA argues that there are many good reasons why the contribution of historic ve [...]