Post by standardthread on May 31, 2019 8:55:45 GMT 1
I’m a member of another classic car forum and received this email yesterday regarding the possible banning of Historic Vehicles by the Scottish Government. Living in England I can’t contact anyone to object.
Is this the seeds a directive by the Mandarins across the puddle to our east of further bans to come for the EU?
The Scottish government is considering a raft of measures aimed at limiting
The Standard Motor Club has also received this email from the Federation. It has been sent on to our Scottish Group Leader, Bob Alexander with a request that it is forwarded to all our Scottish members. Not all of them look in here by any means.
Here is the full text of document Help Prevent Discrimination against the Sco....pdf (567.57 KB) Lets hope that all our members can protest to their MSP before the June 4th deadline This emphasises the need to be constantly vigilant for legislators that would do our movement harm. The Standard Motor Club is a fully paid up member and actively supports the work of the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs
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Yes I saw this on another forum this morning. It appears the Scottish proposals go a lot further than elsewhere in the UK and Europe. London ULEZ has an exemption for Historic vehicles as does Paris. At the moment the Scottish proposal does not - though one of the Scottish MP's has tabled an amendment to give an exemption to historic vehicles. Don't think the "hardline" being taken is inspired by the EU, rather by the desire by the Scots to be ultra green and also to address the high levels of air pollution in Edingburgh. I suspect it will be amended as it is quite harsh effectively all pre 2006 petrol cars and all pre 2014 diesels will be covered.
Unfortunately when it comes to emotive things like the health of young children (air quality in schools next to main roads) then it is difficult to argue against general public opinion/perception and some people can't see the problem with banning polluting old vehicles because they are killing their children - the true facts/data get lost in the hype. In reality as we all know classic cars do relatively low mileages so the total pollution is very low - but if you live in a city next to a main road you would just want to stop all polluting vehicles. And there are an awful lot of dirty diesels on the road - I know I have a 2004 Diesel Passat - can't afford a newer car so this is part of the carrot/stick to get them off the road.
Time to get on with my electric Standard Pick up idea!