‘Mindboggling’ red tape threatens classic car industry, owners warn

A village fete is not often full without having an array of vintage vehicles parked



A village fete is not often full without having an array of vintage vehicles parked on the grass for motoring lovers to admire. But now historic motor vehicle owners are warning the switch to electrification and the purple tape ensuing from Brexit threaten the survival of enterprises that keep these basic autos on the road. 

The vintage motor vehicle sector has shaped a new group, the Historic and Basic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA), to shield an market it suggests has an yearly turnover of £18.3bn and either employs or supports some 113,000 employment, including engineers, restorers, craftsmen and parts suppliers.

HCVA estimates there is a fleet of some 1.54m historic autos, outlined as these over thirty several years aged, on British isles roadways. There are a further more 1.47m basic vehicles, which are aged 15 to thirty several years aged, bringing the complete worth of these autos to £12.6bn.

Even with their aged-fashioned technology, these vehicles are much less polluting than predicted as they are driven so not often, masking an common 1,two hundred miles a calendar year over the average of 16 periods they are driven, a portion of the 7,000 miles most vehicles go over.