FBHVC Position Statement regarding ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Ltd, PO Box 295, Upminster, Essex, RM14 9DG
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19 Nov 2020
Government ban on sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2030
The UK Government has revealed plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 followed by the same sanctions being
placed on all hybrid vehicles five years later, in 2035.
The move is part of the UK Government’s £12 billion strategy for stimulating green industry and quite naturally has caused huge
concern within the motor industry. The UK Government has promised a £1.3 billion investment in establishing a charging infrastructure
across the country to service the demands of the new electric vehicles.
The move suggests that Government policy will still support the use of private vehicles as a mode of daily transport, but not when they
are required to be powered by fossil fuels.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs must consider the implications of this policy on the historic vehicle movement from the
point of view of our need to focus solely on protecting the freedoms to use heritage transport on the UK’s roads, unhindered. The
Federation is not concerning itself with debating the ‘for and against’ arguments around certain technologies and power sources for new
vehicles used purely for commuting and functional transportation purposes.
Indeed, it may well be that in a couple of decade’s time, the early Nissan Leaf and Tesla models for example will be joining the ranks of
historically important vehicles and referred to as ‘classic cars.’
The Federation recognises there are already a significant number of electric vehicles represented within the historic vehicle community and some examples of these were displayed on the ‘Village Green’ area of the NEC Classic Motor Show in 2019 on the Federation stand. The exhibits included a 1912 Baker Electric Car, 1974 Zagato Zele and a 1940 Moteur Électrique created by the French manufacturer Lucien Rosengart as a direct replacement for the Austin 7 engine he used in the cars built under license in Paris. In the early part of the twentieth century electric vehicles made up a larger proportion of the total vehicles on the road than they do today. In
1900, 20 per cent of cars on the roads in the USA were electric and iconic manufacturers such as Studebaker actually entered the market initially building electric vehicles.
So, we must recognise that electric vehicles have been as much a part of the history and heritage of road transport as they are its future.
The main focus points of the Federation’s activities in light of the announcement of the intended 2030 ban on the sale of new ICE vehicles will be limited to:
a) Ensuring the ban on new vehicles does not extend to restrictions on the use of pre-existing vehicles powered by fossil fuels. In
particular, historic vehicles over 30 years old and ‘future historic vehicles’ yet to reach the rolling 30-year classification of historic.
b) Monitoring the effects of changing mainstream consumer demand for petrol and diesel on the accessibility and affordability of fuel supplies for vehicles requiring fossil fuels.
c) Lobbying for the protection of fossil fuel supplies long into the future to service historic vehicles.

The Federation urges caution amongst the historic vehicle community not to ‘panic’ that historic vehicles are in some way about to be made obsolete or unusable as a result of the announcement of these intended UK Government bans. As the 2020 National Historic Vehicle Survey has revealed, there are more than 1.5 million historic vehicles registered in the UK and therefore they represent a material element of our National Heritage. Additionally, the historic vehicle sector contributes a huge £7.2 billion to the UK economy through highly skilled jobs that will be a vital part of the regeneration of the UK’s economy post- pandemic and post- Brexit.
Despite that huge financial input into the health of our country, the National Historic Vehicle Survey also shows us that the use of
historic vehicles only contributes to 0.2% of the total annual miles driven in the UK. That amount of road use is very small in the overall aim to reduce carbon emissions to levels safe for the health and future of the planet. Nonetheless, the Federation recently appointed an Environmental Director on our board, tasked specifically with monitoring, offsetting and measuring the carbon output of the historic vehicle movement.
The strength in numbers that the historic vehicle community enjoys will help to ensure that we cannot be ignored or hindered without significant financial implications for the country. If we work together as a sector to encourage continued health, growth and skills for the future – the movement stands every chance of survival and the future of historic vehicles powered by internal combustion engines will be secured, regardless of what technology has in store for the future of road transport.
To read the facts behind why the Historic Vehicle community is part of the answer to build the UK economy into the future and why the sector deserves a bright future, you can read the National Historic Vehicle Survey results from 2020 online now at www.fbhvc.co.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact:
• Wayne Scott – Classic Heritage PR & Media on behalf of the FBHVC
Email: wayne@classicheritagepr.co.uk Tel: 07759 260899
Editor’s notes
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to maintain the freedom of its members to use historic vehicles on the UK’s roads, hence its campaign message: ‘Yesterday’s Vehicles on Tomorrow’s Roads’. The FBHVC has over 500 member clubs representing over 250,000 individual owners.
Website: www.fbhvc.co.uk

FBHVC Newsletter 17 Nov 2020

National Historic Vehicle Survey reveals significant contribution to UK economy

  • Number of historic vehicles on DVLA database has increased yet again to 1.5 million
  • The historic movement now worth over £7.2 billion to UK economy
  • 4,000 businesses employing over 34,000 people
  • 700,000 enthusiasts – up from 500,000 in 2016
  • Overall, historic vehicles account for less than 0.2% of the total miles driven in the UK
  • 35% of owners either already or are willing to contribute to a carbon reduction scheme
  • 56% of historic vehicles are on SORN

The results of the 2020 National Historic Vehicle Survey have been announced by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. The summary results were revealed during the Virtual Lancaster Classic Motor Show with Discovery, filmed at the NEC this month.

Historically, the Federation has undertaken this major survey every 5 years, the most recent being the 2016. However, in light of the very obvious impact that worldwide pandemic has had on the UK and is likely to have on historic vehicle habits, the survey was conducted earlier to represent a more typical year in 2019.

The survey is the largest and most detailed survey of historic vehicle ownership carried out in any country. The results will help shape the future of the industry and will give the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs the vital facts and figures needed to protect future of transport heritage in the United Kingdom at the very highest levels.

 More vehicles, contributing more to the UK economy

Growth in the sector is the result of an increased number of historic vehicles registered with the DVLA, over the 2016 figures, to an incredible 1.5 million vehicles of all types from cars, buses and lorries to motorcycles, agricultural, military and steam vehicles. This represents 3.4% of all registered vehicles in the UK. Naturally, more vehicles mean more owners, 700,000 in fact, up by 200k on the previous survey in 2016.

The use of those historic vehicles and their need for services and supplies has kept spending healthy, with the historic vehicle sector now contributing an impressive £7.2 billion to the UK economy – that’s more than the equestrian sector and significantly up on the £5.5 billion in 2016.

This revenue is generated from the nearly 4,000 businesses that support the movement employing over 34,000 people. Those businesses are working on ensuring the future of the movement as well, with over a third either employing or considering employing an apprentice.

The value of individual vehicles is widely spread, with 51% having a market value of less than £10,000 demonstrating a community of diversity and inclusiveness driven by enthusiasm. 44% are registered as on the road and ready for use.

The survey revealed that increasingly, historic vehicles are not used for daily transport. Indeed, the average mileage covered during the course of a year is just 1,200 miles, which equates to all the historic vehicles on the road accounting for less than 0.2% of the total miles driven on UK roads each year. Despite that tiny mileage for recreational and heritage uses, enthusiasts are clearly becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their activities, with 35% of owners saying they already contribute to, or would consider contributing to, a carbon reduction scheme. The Federation is actively researching options to identity tangible solutions for enthusiasts.

So, the headlines are positive and it’s good news for the future of the historic vehicle community that, despite concerns and uncertainty around Brexit, the movement has continued to grow, develop and contribute a significant sum annually to the economy of the United Kingdom.

David Whale, Chairman of the FBHVC said, “The significant value to the United Kingdom that the historic vehicle industry generates simply cannot be ignored by those in power. We face the most challenging times ahead over the next few years and these results give us the justification to ensure that our freedoms to enjoy our transport heritage continue unhindered. As a sector we cannot be ignored and will be instrumental in the recovery of our nation’s economy post-Brexit and post-COVID. The most heart-warming news was that there are more enthusiasts than ever who are immersing themselves in our community and that is really positive for the future.”

The FBHVC will be releasing a more detailed report in mid- December 2020. Statistics are from the 2020 National Historic Vehicle Survey, carried out by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs during Summer and Autumn 2020. Other figures are from DVLA published statistics. JDA Research has been the FBHVC’s research partner for the 2020 Survey. JDA Research also undertook the Federation’s 2016 survey and is completing a worldwide survey on behalf of FIVA.

For media enquiries, please contact:

  • Wayne Scott – Classic Heritage PR & Media on behalf of the FBHVC

Email: wayne@classicheritagepr.co.uk Tel: 07759 260899

Editor’s notes

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to maintain the freedom of its members to use historic vehicles on the UK’s roads, hence its campaign message: ‘Yesterday’s Vehicles on Tomorrow’s Roads’.  The FBHVC has over 500 member clubs representing over 250,000 individual owners.

A historic vehicle is defined as any motor driven vehicle manufactured 30 or more years ago.

Website: www.fbhvc.co.uk


Motorsport UK COVID Latest 2nd November

Motorsport UK confirms the suspension of non-elite motorsport in England until early December
Just recieved this and thought it best to share.
Motorsport UK has consulted on the implications for motorsport in England with the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in respect of the plan to enter a four-week national lockdown on Thursday 5th November. The governing body confirms that following DCMS guidance it must suspend all non-elite motorsport until 2nd December. Selected elite events officially recognised by the DCMS, which include the British Touring Car Championship, will be permitted to continue. Motorsport activities in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands are subject to prevailing government guidance in those devolved territories. At this time, motorsport as organised sport continues in Scotland, in accordance with Motorsport UK’s comprehensive restart guidance introduced on 4th July. Motorsport is currently suspended in Northern Ireland and Wales, as mandated by the respective devolved governments. In respect of permits issued for non-elite events in England between 5th November and 2nd December, Motorsport UK confirms that those permits are now withdrawn. Organisers will need to reapply if they plan to hold the event at a later date. Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government and that of the devolved nations and ensure the motorsport community is updated. Motorsport UK would like to thank the entire motorsport community for their resilience and hard work throughout the summer months to keep motorsport running and operating safely. During the coming weeks we will be working hard to ensure that as soon as government guidance allows, motorsport can safely resume once again.
Motorsport UK

Motorsport UK COVID Latest

Updated COVID-19 Guidance in relation to UK Travel

Friday 16 October 2020

In response to the latest COVID-19 guidance received from the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in relation to UK travel, please see below the Motorsport UK guidance as it applies to England. Participants should otherwise follow devolved government obligations.

Motorsport remains an activity permitted under COVID-19 regulations subject to conformity with:

The key elements remain to respect general and personal safety obligations relating to:

  • Social distancing
  • Face Masks and appropriate PPE
  • Mitigating risks of surface contamination and transmission through the use of sanitisation including vehicles and tools/equipment

The following travel guidance received from DCMS applies in England and participants must otherwise follow devolved government obligations:

You may continue to travel within a very high alert level area to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but you should – and aim to – reduce the number of journeys you make.

You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you reside in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey. In the motorsport context therefore, where the motorsport activity is part of or is your work then you can travel from a very high alert area to a different area (subject to devolved government rules) – but you must respect the other sport governing body and personal safety rules at all times.

There are no issues for travel in terms of elite sports events/travel for the purposes of work in that context.

For grassroots (non-elite sport) participation, where limitations on travel into and out of highest risk areas are ‘advised’ (i.e. this is an advisory, not enforcement situation), the advice is that travel is ok as per below:

To clarify:

Medium: there are no restrictions on travel for Motorsport UK Events or testing.

High: there are no restrictions on travel for Motorsport UK Events or testing, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Very high: You are advised not to travel into or out of areas unless you are travelling to an elite event however government acknowledges that is advice and not an enforcement situation and Motorsport UK permitted events are to be treated as supervised sport.

Latest FBHVC Newsletter

Please click on link below to read the latest news from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs.

There are some interesting articles and news about the new tyre regulations regarding HGV and buses may well be of interest to members with these vehicles.

Also under Technical there is some interesting information on how to apply for a FIVA ID Card – for Vehicles of Historic interest that are over 30 years old.

Click on link below to read the newsletter.


DEvils Own Lockdown Tests

We have been invited by KLMC to a Covid compliant event which should interest the historic rally enthusiasts amongst you.

Please find attached regulations for the Devils Lockdown Tests Part Two, scheduled for Saturday the 31st of October 2020.Devils Lockdown Tests, Part Two Regulations

Social distancing may have become the norm, but the KLMC team are striving to try and keep some form of motorsport going in these troubled times.  

The event is based at Cockermouth Auction Mart, west Cumbria. We have hired this venue exclusively for our use on the day of the event, forming Rally HQ as well as the location of all our rest halts on during the rally. This is going to be a short sharp event designed to be as COVID secure as is possible. The schedule includes one regularity and eleven tests across three venues. The main venue is a former MOD munitions dump which will host the regularity, 5 tests and the measured distance to make as little impact as possible on the local area.  

This event will be taking place under a Targa permit, with priority given to Historic entries.

Results will be done using RAB timing equipment and the Rally Roots team from their home in Wales. Results will be uploaded onto their website after each loop of three tests allowing you to keep track, cellular coverage permitting.

All competitors will require a minimum of an RS Clubman licence and the event is limited to 60 entries to make sure we give you the best event possible. We have huge interest already and advise you to get your entries in early to avoid disappointment. This event will be strictly no spectators. Please, DO NOT try to gain access to spectate.

If you have any questions please contact m.r.taylor@talk21.com

Entries will open on Monday the 12th of October 09:00 online via the following link  https://www.rallies.info/webentry/2020/devilslockdown2/index.php

If you would like to attend the event as a marshal please contact Mileswhitelock@hotmail.com

Martyn Taylor

KLMC Club Secretary

Welocme News from Motorsport UK

Motorsport UK signs agreement for rallying to continue in Wales until 2023

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Motorsport UK and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have signed a new access agreement which will allow competitive four-wheeled rallying on NRW-managed land for the next three years until 2023.

For decades, NRW’s forests have played host to a range of motorsport, working effectively with Motorsport UK to stage events at every level of the sport, from grassroots to the iconic Wales Rally GB – Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers, said:

“We are delighted to announce a new agreement with Natural Resources Wales which will allow rallying to take place in the Welsh forests for at least the next three years. Rallying is an important discipline for Motorsport UK, and Wales offers the perfect environment for our events, held on some of the most revered stages in the world of rallying.

“Not only is it important for competitors, but these events are vital contributors to the infrastructure around them, including local hospitality sectors, as well as subsidiary businesses related to the sport who rely heavily on forestry rallying. We will be working with NRW to optimise the number of events, working effectively with our local communities to ensure affordability to our competitors through a sustainable strategy. Through this, we can preserve the sport and forests for generations to come.” 

Dominic Driver, Natural Resources Wales’ Head of Land Stewardship, said:

“The forests NRW manages in Wales are the heartlands of rallying in the UK and present a unique challenge to drivers.

“Rallying makes an important contribution to our rural economy and many community benefits derive from these events. The impact of COVID-19 has seen more and more people retuning to visit our nation’s forests and has placed a greater focus on the need to respect our natural environment.

“In reaching this agreement, NRW is considering fully the impact of everything we do on the places people love. This includes the commitment to working with Motorsport UK on the journey towards becoming a greener, more sustainable sport in the future.

“This ambition will remain at the heart of our discussions as we work with the rally event organisers on the programme of events for 2021 and beyond.”


Virtual Concours D’Elegance – The Mayor’s Choice

At 4.00pm today the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross announced her favourite car from all the photos in our Virtual Concours D’Elegance.
All the photos were ‘blind’ and did not include the name or details of the owner so it is with great pleasure we can announce that the Mayor of Blackpool’s personal favourite the 1990 Mini Cooper RSP Limited Edition.