Controversial report on future classic car use

What is an autonomous vehicle?
An autonomous car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.

The Future of Road Transport - abolishing traffic jams
CEBR report which suggests it's a blueprint for cleaner roads with fewer hold ups. See an online summary of their analysis and recommendations.
CEBR report & website

Professor Douglas McWilliams
He is the founder and chairman of the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) which has produced the report. He was chief economic advisor to the CBI but interestingly owns a Jaguar XJ-S and an Aston Martin DB6 and will be competing in the Paris to Peking run in his Bentley S1 soon. He says "as a classic car enthusiast I'm certainly not enthusing about any of the policies" mentioned in the report! He probably will not be around to be accountable for his predictions either.

Posted: 170726, updated 170727 & updated 170728
A controversial report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) on how to tackle the increasingly choked roads in many parts of Britain provides disturbing news for classic car enthusiasts. It's the lead story in this week's issue of Classic Car Weekly which says "classic cars could be segregated on to different roads from other road users from the 2030s" with the greater use of autonomous, alternative fuelled vehicles. They touch on an economic factor which could be a major issue for classic car motoring and that is as the demand for oil derived motor fuels declines the viability of fuel stations on motorways and around the country could fall making the availability of motor fuel a difficulty. Fuel producers faced with falling sale volumes will inevitably face costs recovered from smaller sales volumes and hence higher prices at the pumps - at least where pumps are available! The prediction is that between 2030 and 2050 there will be no fuel stations left.
CEBR is a leading independent commercial economics consultancy with particular strengths in macroeconomic and market forecasting and passenger demand forecasting. More

Sir Greg Knight
chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group says "no democratic government will ban people from driving cars. Driverless cars should be a supplement not a replacement". Geoff Lancaster, communications director at the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) commenting on many predictive reports and similar statement from politicians, says "I'd say there's a lot of grandstanding going on". It's worth reviewing the CEBR report for yourself - visit the CEBR webpage. More

Classic Car Weekly is out on the stands at newsagents every Wednesday and carries many topical items of interest to classic car enthusiasts together with product reviews, auction listings and results, features and classified cars for sale adverts. Well worth buying a copy and judging for yourself.

Update on 27th July 2017
Angus Munro
posted a concise and perceptive note on the "Sale Prices" thread on the V8 Bulletin Board saying "Classic cars have become an investment largely due to the combination of pension release funds and interest rates on savings not even keeping up with inflation. The medallion men within our society were quick to spot the opportunity to promote the concept of the enjoyment of savings while enjoying considerable profit, not least for themselves.

This concept may be about to change however. It has just been boldly announced that from 2040 there will be a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars. I'm assuming that means new vehicles but whether it does or it doesn't the mind set of the public, and certainly the younger public, may well be conditioned to reject the idea of the remaining vehicles owned and driven as socially acceptable. Sadly many of us will not be around in 2040 but the conditioning of the younger public mind began yesterday with the 2040 ambition announcement."

Update on 28th July 2017
Only electric cars in 2040? This plan hasn't been thought through
The lead Letter to the Editor in today's issue of the Daily Telegraph is from Ron Gammons with a concise and well argued comment on the plans announced yesterday by the Government to end diesel and petrol cars by 2040 with electric vehicles. Ron's comments raise the essential issues and risks that people with practical experience with planning and managing activities can anticipate.

Getting a letter published in a leading UK daily newspaper is rare - it's is partly chance but also a need for a letter which has topicality, brevity, focus and clarity. Ron's letter achieves that very well.

See other letters to the editor on this topic. More