Take care of what you wish for!

The "letter of the week" in the latest issue of Classic Car Weekly supports the view that "the classic car movement needs to be very careful about calling for more exemptions for our vehicles".

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Posted: 190116
The "letter of the week" in the latest issue of Classic Car Weekly supports the view that "the classic car movement needs to be very careful about calling for more exemptions for our vehicles". The writer adds "I am always wary of any Government's motives in giving any section of the public something for nothing, and I have long been fearful that ever increasing exemptions will, at some stage, be countered by restrictions of use in some way". He continues "we are all aware of why the MOT exemption was brought in because of the inability of modern MOT stations (and the test itself) to deal adequately with older cars".
He adds "we should be eternally grateful that the Government decided to offer exemption from the test rather than the other alternative which would have been exclusion from the roads altogether. He ends by saying rather bluntly "I firmly support the call that classic car drivers should "pay up and shut up". After all, one should never pull the lion's tail too far".

Pressing Government for more exemptions or other benefits for classic car enthusiasts has been a growing concern mentioned by of a number of MGV8 enthusiasts I have talked with during the process of introducing the VED exemption and later the MOT exemption. They worry that the classic car movement pressing on for more exemptions - for example from low emission zones - could have unintended consequences! It's clear low emission zones are coming in which will restrict access to certain urban areas for cars deemed to have dirty exhaust emissions. Who really wants to drive an MGV8 in urban areas where the fuel consumption can drop to 15 miles to the gallon? Better to seek the open road - that's where that magical burble of the V8 engine can accompany the tactile pleasure of driving a wonderful classic car.