to halt scrappage schemes for "Historic" vehicles
This topic is the lead article in the latest issue of Classic
Car Weekly out today but it seems the situation has moved on as the UK
Government Petitions website now shows the petition has been rejected. But it's
likely the classic car enthusiasts, classic car magazines and the Federation
of British Historic Vehicles Clubs' (FBHVC)
for will continue to campaign to encourage car manufacturers to cease running
their own car scrappage schemes as part of sales promotions of their new cars.
has been rejected by UK Government website
The petition has been rejected
by the Petitions Committee.
do petitions on the UK Government website work?
Petitions Committee check applications for petition on the UK Government petitions
website, then publish it. They only reject petitions that dont meet the
standards for petitions. They review all petitions they publish and select petitions
of interest to find out more about the issues raised. The committee has the power
to press for action from Government or Parliament.
credit: Practical Classics
was the petition?|
Make all Historic Vehicles exempt from any scrappage scheme petition
submitted to the UK Government petitions website said "British motoring heritage
is under threat from both Government and manufacturer backed scrappage schemes.
We believe a simple way to avoid losing rare classic cars, particularly examples
of family cars from the 1950s, 60s and 70s is to make all Historic Vehicles exempt
from any scrappage process." The petition was launched by Practical Classics
magazine and submitted on 25th November 2017.
petition rejection & Practical
Why was this petition rejected?
website says the petition is "about something that the UK Government or Parliament
is not responsible for. We can't accept your petition because the UK Government
and Parliament aren't responsible for the issue you raise. The Government's
2009 vehicle scrappage scheme ended in 2010, and there is currently no
Government-backed scrappage scheme. The Government does not have the power
to compel private companies to exempt certain cars from scrappage. We only reject
petitions that dont meet the petition
was behind the recent petition?
A scrappage scheme introduced in the UK
in 2009 has seen many classic cars sent for recycling and after 5 years many are
sitting on a disused airfields waiting to be scrapped. Now an appeal to prevent
cars registered with the DVLA as "Historic" for road tax has gathered
more than 4,000 signatures in less than a month. The "Make it illegal
for Historic vehicles to be processed through scrappage schemes" petition
was launched by the Practical Classics editor in November 2017 following Ford's
attempt to scrap a Standard 10 as part of a trade-in scheme. Ford reversed its
decision thanks to the support of the Federation of British Historic Vehicles
Clubs' (FBHVC) president, Lord Steel (a classic car enthusiast), who called Ford's
CEO and was able to get it avoid the crusher. Sir
Greg Knight (chairman of the Parliamentary Vehicles Group) says " I would
encourage people to sign the petition to show there is a serious body of public
opinion who are against scrapping classic cars. I would hope all responsible car
manufacturers wouldn't scrap an Historic vehicle, the Standard 10 case showed
this wasn't always the case."