Motorsport UK hails Government plan to quash the EU ‘Vnuk’ motor insurance law a “significant victory”

Motorsport UK hails Government plan to quash the EU ‘Vnuk’ motor insurance law a “significant victory”
Motorsport UK is delighted to announce to its community the news that its considerable efforts alongside the UK government to defeat the threat of the Vnuk insurance issue have been successful.
In a press release issued earlier today, the Department for Transport confirmed that it is taking the necessary steps to exempt the UK – and consequently UK motorsport – from the implications of the EU Motor Insurance Directive.
The news will be met with enormous support and relief by everyone in the UK motorsport community, as the sport will no longer be vulnerable to the requirement for insurance even on private land for a wide range of ‘vehicles’. The EU rules would have meant any motorsport collision in the UK involving vehicles from karting to F1 would have been treated as regular road traffic accidents requiring insurance. The financial implications would have posed an existential threat to motorsport, risking tens of thousands of jobs in the process.
David Richards, Chairman of Motorsport UK, welcomed today’s announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and extended his appreciation to all who supported Motorsport UK in their efforts to secure this crucial decision and protect the future of the sport.
“Today’s announcement is a hugely significant victory for the UK and our sport, after a considerable effort by Motorsport UK and the Department of Transport over several years to defeat the threat of the Vnuk insurance issue,” he commented. “This decision provides stability as we seek to progress our sustainability agenda and protects the UK’s preeminent position at the forefront of motorsport technology worldwide. I would like to thank all those who played a part in securing this important outcome, including the MIA and the insurance industry.”
Vnuk continues to apply in the EU where the FIA is making robust representations for a motorsport exemption to apply. Although not directly involved in that consultation now, Motorsport UK continues to liaise with the FIA regarding the detail because it will apply to UK participants in the EU – unless it is repealed.
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Latest from the FBHVC

PRESS RELEASE
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Ltd, PO Box 295, Upminster, Essex, RM14 9DG
Tel: 01708 223111 E-mail: secretary@fbhvc.co.uk Web: www.fbhvc.co.uk
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11 February 2021
For immediate release

FBHVC urges patience as work continues with DVLA to resolve historic vehicle owners’ concerns.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs is sympathetic to the enormous challenges that the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency faces during the on-going pandemic. DVLA continue to receive tens of thousands of items of mail each week and the Federation believes that for a high percentage of drivers and vehicle operators, the agency performs a viable and efficient service.

The Federation also acknowledges the efforts of the staff at Swansea in achieving the continuation of services during the current times, despite reports of a significant outbreak of Covid-19 within the Agency, with some 500 cases quoted. The impact that this outbreak will have on the DVLA providing services due to staff shortages is very understandable.

The Federation, whilst sensitive to the challenges we are all facing, has continued to work on behalf of the historic vehicle community during the pandemic. One of the key areas of the Federation’s work remains within continued dialogue with the DVLA on a range of matters on behalf of historic vehicle owners and clubs.

During the pandemic, the Federation has been pursuing five particular policy matters of significant concern to the interests of Federation members and the community that they represent.

These are broadly outlined as follows:

• Non-acceptance of ‘Date of Manufacture’ number marked on vehicles.
• Statement of a requirement to notify DVLA when a vehicle is dismantled.
• Special case V765 registrations.
• Vehicles originally supplied as CKD (meaning ‘Completely Knocked Down’).
• Original and copied documents and new bodies on re-constructed classics.

The Federation’s work in resolving concerns around these DVLA policies was not helped by a communication received that stated in each of the five cases; “This action point is now considered closed”, whilst discussions were very much still on-going. However, the Federation wishes to stress in no uncertain terms that post pandemic, these matters will be raised again with the utmost urgency and historic vehicle owners are assured that the subjects have not been put to one side.

A further example of a matter of concern currently being pursued with DVLA, involves one of the Federation’s museum members, Transport Museum Wythall. The museum has held a Trade Licence for over 30 years to assist in the maintenance of their fleet, but has suddenly been told by DVLA that their application has been declined.

Denis Chick, Press Officer for Transport Museum Wythall said; “As very much a working museum, Transport Museum Wythall has a strict maintenance regime for its vehicle collection and requires a licence to ensure ongoing compliance with the regulations. We pride ourselves in having the majority of our buses ‘on the button’, providing rides into the country at all of our events. DVLA effectively shut down high-level policy discussions in January 2020 due to Covid-19 so to suddenly be told that our licence has now been declined for no apparent reason is totally unacceptable – we will fight on, as Covid-19 should not be an excuse for such actions.”

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs represents over 250,000 historic vehicle enthusiasts owning 1.5m historic vehicles on the DVLA database and a movement that contributes £7.2bn to the UK economy.
Whilst all these matters remain extremely important, the Federation has taken the current standpoint to remain patient and understanding during the current global crisis and to work at keeping dialogue open with DVLA in readiness for when more normal operations resume. The Federation encourages its members to do the same.

About the FBHVC:
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.

There are over 500 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters. All our directors operate in a voluntary capacity supported by our secretary.

Website: www.fbhvc.co.uk

WRGB 2021 Update

According to an article on the web site Dirt Fish the Ypres takes Rally GB’s slot on 2021 WRC calendar
The Belgian classic nearly made the WRC schedule last year, and it will now finally make its debut
Last year the World Rally Championship ran without a scoring round in the United Kingdom for the first time since its inception in 1973, but it is set to do so again in 2021.
Confirmation of a plan to replace the UK’s WRC round with Ypres Rally Belgium – in the same August date – is expected on Friday.
Britain’s future in the WRC has been complicated by dwindling backing from the Welsh Government in recent years. The planned Deeside-based 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were hopes of rolling that funding into this season for one final farewell to Wales, the event’s host nation for the last two decades. Wales offered a swift and short answer to such a question: no.
Parallel to that, there has been growing support for a Belfast-based Rally Northern Ireland, funded by a three-way partnership between the Northern Ireland Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Oliver Dowden.
Despite the best efforts of organizer Bobby Willis and Westminster’s leading WRC lobbyist Ian Paisley, agreement couldn’t be found in time to bring the WRC back to Northern Ireland – especially not at a time when the public purse is being directed towards dealing with the pandemic.
While no official comment has been forthcoming from any of the parties involved, DirtFish understands discussions in Belfast are ongoing for a possible 2022 event.
Last year the World Rally Championship ran without a scoring round in the United Kingdom for the first time since its inception in 1973, but it is set to do so again in 2021.
Confirmation of a plan to replace the UK’s WRC round with Ypres Rally Belgium – in the same August date – is expected on Friday.
Britain’s future in the WRC has been complicated by dwindling backing from the Welsh Government in recent years. The planned Deeside-based 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were hopes of rolling that funding into this season for one final farewell to Wales, the event’s host nation for the last two decades. Wales offered a swift and short answer to such a question: no.
Parallel to that, there has been growing support for a Belfast-based Rally Northern Ireland, funded by a three-way partnership between the Northern Ireland Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Oliver Dowden.
Despite the best efforts of organizer Bobby Willis and Westminster’s leading WRC lobbyist Ian Paisley, agreement couldn’t be found in time to bring the WRC back to Northern Ireland – especially not at a time when the public purse is being directed towards dealing with the pandemic.
While no official comment has been forthcoming from any of the parties involved, DirtFish understands discussions in Belfast are ongoing for a possible 2022 event.
Last year the World Rally Championship ran without a scoring round in the United Kingdom for the first time since its inception in 1973, but it is set to do so again in 2021.
Confirmation of a plan to replace the UK’s WRC round with Ypres Rally Belgium – in the same August date – is expected on Friday.
Britain’s future in the WRC has been complicated by dwindling backing from the Welsh Government in recent years. The planned Deeside-based 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were hopes of rolling that funding into this season for one final farewell to Wales, the event’s host nation for the last two decades. Wales offered a swift and short answer to such a question: no.
Parallel to that, there has been growing support for a Belfast-based Rally Northern Ireland, funded by a three-way partnership between the Northern Ireland Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Oliver Dowden.
Despite the best efforts of organizer Bobby Willis and Westminster’s leading WRC lobbyist Ian Paisley, agreement couldn’t be found in time to bring the WRC back to Northern Ireland – especially not at a time when the public purse is being directed towards dealing with the pandemic.
While no official comment has been forthcoming from any of the parties involved, DirtFish understands discussions in Belfast are ongoing for a possible 2022 event.

Changes to Black & Silver Number Plates from 01.01.2021

The DVLA have announced changes concerning information on black and silver number plates which will take effect from 1 January 2021.

The changes being introduced on 1 January 2021 will affect the ability of vehicles registered in the historic tax class to display the old style pre-1973 black and silver number plates.

For details please click on link below.

https://fbhvc.co.uk/news/article/changes-to-black-silver-number-plates-from-01012021

FBHVC National Historic Vehicle Survey 2020.

In November, the FBHVC announced the headline results for the National Historic Vehicle Survey 2020. Starting from now they will also begin to release more detailed results for specific areas that the survey examined, in bitesize chunks. They start, with vehicle clubs.
This short fact file contains results from the 248 club surveys which formed part of the National Historic Vehicle Survey.
The average age of Clubs since formation that completed the Federation’s 2020 National Historic Vehicle Survey is 41 years. The survey reveals there are potential problems ahead for clubs who are not prepared and starting to take action, to read more download the PDF via the link below.

FBHVC National Historic Vehicle Survey 2020: Environmental study results.

FBHVC National Historic Vehicle Survey 2020: Environmental study results.
 
It’s something we’ve heard before within certain sectors of society or within the media regarding historic vehicles; “OLD VEHICLES ARE DIRTY, SMELLY & POLLUTING!”
 
The fact is though, that this is simply not true. The 2020 National Historic Vehicle Survey sought to put real world and quantifiable facts and figures in place to explain just how the historic vehicle movement affects the carbon output of the UK.
 
In the next of our ‘detailed study’ releases following on from the announcement of our headline results last month, you can download our Environmental Fact File below.
The FBHVC is working towards creating a carbon off-set programme that will be available to all historic vehicle owners and allow enthusiasts to achieve carbon zero for their historic vehicle use. For more information please contact: environmental@fbhvc.co.uk.
Click on link below for full details:
https://mcusercontent.com/76df5387dac518366cae59ba6/files/58262fb9-beac-42af-b70b-1dc6a124ee54/Environmental_Factfile_V2.2_18_Dec_20.pdf

Paddy Hopkirk MBE takes delivery of new Limited Edition MINI, named in his honour.

Paddy Hopkirk MBE takes delivery of new Limited Edition MINI, named in his honour.
Northern Irish rally driver Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk MBE is among the first of just 100 customers in the UK to receive the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Limited Edition, named in his honour to commemorate his triumph at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in the classic Morris Mini Cooper S Mk1.
When asked what the special edition means to him Paddy said, “I’m so flattered to have a MINI named in my honour. Motorsport is long behind me now and for my win at the Monte Carlo Rally to be remembered in this way is a great thrill and honour. The designers at MINI have done a wonderful job. They’ve got a lot of the features on it just like the classic Mini I took to victory, with the number 37, the bonnet stripe and the colours – it reminds me of my very lucky days and wonderful memories.”
The Paddy Hopkirk Limited Edition is based on the MINI Cooper S 3-Door Hatch and available with automatic or manual transmission. The engine delivers 178hp and 280Nm torque, reaching 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds (6.8 manual).
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk clinched the first victory behind the wheel of the classic Mini Cooper S number 37 at the Rally in 1964. Driving the small British car with his English co-pilot Henry Liddon, Hopkirk overcame the odds against competitors with significantly greater engine power.
Reminiscing about the Monte Carlo Rally and his win, Paddy added “Everybody wanted to win the Monte Carlo Rally, it was a very glamorous event, so when I joined the British Motor Corporation and the Mini came along it surprised the world. It became a David and Goliath with the might of the other car manufacturers spending a fortune to try and win the event. We were beaten by the big American cars down the straights, but we would beat them on the twisty bits! For the Mini to win against really powerful cars, showed just how good it was – it made the car famous.”
The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition is available to order now at retailers nationwide, priced from £28,200 OTR.
Watch the full interview with Paddy Hopkirk here:

For more information visit www.mini.co.uk

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

POSITION STATEMENT
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Ltd, PO Box 295, Upminster, Essex, RM14 9DG
Web: www.fbhvc.co.uk. Registered in England No 3842316 VAT Reg No. 636 788683
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