The National Traction Engine Trust

European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group

On 20 January, the third MEP Historic Vehicle Group met in Strasbourg attended by nine MEPs. Matters discussed included the definition of a historic vehicle, cross-border historic vehicle use and MEP rallies/historic vehicle activities.

The Group agreed to proactively promote the view that historic vehicles are those over 30 years old which are well maintained in the appropriate condition – and to do so in the first instance within the debate on the amendment of the Roadworthiness Testing Directive. FIVA agreed to aim to help with the organisation of two events for the MEPs: a visit to the Mahymobiles in Leuze-en-Hainaut in Belgium and an historic vehicle rally starting in Brussels at the end of the Parliament’s July session.

The meeting concluded with an agreement that future meetings should aim to address customs/duty issues, the impact of bio-fuels, registration issues, the historic vehicle business and the cultural value of historic vehicles.


06 Apr 2011