The National Traction Engine Trust

FBHVC AGM and Conference, 6 October 2012

There were plenty of topics to discuss at the FBHVC AGM and Conference in October  and around 65 organisations were represented at the meeting. At the AGM the new chairman, David Whale, was elected when Chris Cunnington stood down after a three year term. David was previously the Federation’s director of heritage and has also led the development of the Federation’s new strategic plan.

Following the formal business of the AGM, the conference began with a presentation of this strategy with an outline of the key elements and emphasising the need to communicate with members faster, potentially utilising digital technology.

This was followed by a presentation by vice-president Geoff Smith, outlining the research that has been carried out into the historic vehicle movement and its vital importance to the Federation’s work – statistical data is fundamental to the Federation’s ability to inform political debate and discussion.

The final element of the conference was hosted by David Hurley, director of legislation. David updated delegates on the latest situation relating to several important consultations this year. These are the Historic Vehicles Exemption Review; the Law Commission’s Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle review; Transforming DVLA Services, relating to the closure of the 39 Local Offices plus an associated consultation called Vehicle Online Services and of course the EU Roadworthiness proposals. The Legislation team continue to work hard on behalf of all member clubs to minimise any adverse impact.

After the AGM there are now vacancies for two board positions: heritage and communications. Anyone who feels that they could help, please contact the FBHVC office.

10 Oct 2012