New car tax changes could see classic vehicles ‘threatened’ by rules

New car tax changes could see modern classics threatened when London's new Ultra Low Emissions Zone expands later this year.

Other parts of the UK which have proposed Clean Air Zones might not allow historic models to enter the city centres either.

FIVA President Tiddo Bresters has warned the new regulations could run the risk of "threatening" classic car use.

He claimed access and pricing for local areas can vary between twins and cities which causes confusion among drivers.

He said: "While FIVA fully supports the move to a greener and more sustainable future, forthcoming changes to mobility regulations across Europe could unintentionally threaten the use of historic vehicles on public roads.

"FIVA works hard to protect this 'mobile museum' for future generations to enjoy."

The group has told the European Commission to publish guidance for member states on the unique role of classic cars.

Although the advice would not apply to the UK now that we've left the European Union, many cities face similar issues.

The ULEZ expansion will come into force from October 25 and it can have a massive impact on modern classics.

Owners of cars, which are not more than 40 years old, built from 1981 onwards, will need to pay the charges.

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Meanwhile in Birmingham and Bath, the 40-year exemption for historic vehicles is also applicable.

Bath's new Clean Air Zone does not charge any driver, but focuses on private hire vehicles and businesses.

In Oxford, there are plans to introduce a Zero Emissions system meaning all internal combustion engine cars will face fees.

It also confirmed drivers who receive an exemption will get a 100% discount when the fees come in August 2021.

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