Legislation Commission

Historic Vehicles, their Laws and Regulations

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The goals of the FIVA Legislation Commission


FIVA`s Legislation Commission is tasked to ensure that the development of national and international legislation does not create an adverse impact to owners of historic vehicles to preserve their vehicles and use them on public roads without inappropriate restrictions. The Commission is chaired by Tiddo Bresters.

The Commission meets three to four times a year. The members each have a particular responsibility for a specific policy sector or area of expertise. The Commission initiates and coordinates required lobbying actions, making use of a network of FIVA members’ representatives. Lobbying concentrates on EU policies, but the Commission monitors regulatory developments at the national level as well, especially for cases with possible transnational impact. The Chairman coordinates all these activities with support from Andrew Turner of the Public Affairs consultancy EPPA.

The Commission fulfills its task by:
  • building its understanding of the historic vehicle movement through knowledge sharing and by undertaking research
  • monitoring and assessing regulatory developments at the national, EU and global level maintaining a dialogue with decision makers (the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, Member state Governments and civil servants and the UN)
  • presenting FIVA’s concerns and solutions to the relevant decision-makers when necessary.
Objective

The legislation commission is responsible for achieving FIVA’s primary task – that is to maintain the right to preserve and use historic vehicles worldwide.

Background

Historically the commission has concentrated on the effects of EU legislation. Countries outside of Europe have seen the value of this work and now realise the importance of monitoring changes in legislation throughout the world. The commission continues to check and influence EU legislation but also provides a forum for sharing information about global developments.

The Legislation Commission monitors these areas of interest:
  1. vehicle registration, customs and taxes
  2. road safety regulations  (like vehicle requirements, traffic rules, roadworthiness testing)
  3. environmental regulations (like emissions, lez’s, end-of-life)
  4. regulations regarding resources and materials (like petrol, use of materials like chemicals, chrome or asbestos, legal aspects regarding the availability of parts )
  5. licensing and other regulations regarding the permission to drive  and use (the difference between private and professional use)
Operations

FIVA’s legislation commission is supported by the activity of the individual member nations and by EPPA, a firm of consultants based in Brussels and London.

Communication and information:
  1. EU-updates, approximately 10 times per year, distributed to FIVA members
  2. Information about national developments once a year via mail and FIVA website
  3. Commission meeting reports
  4. Maintenance of contacts with related organisations
  5. Surveys on statistics, political and legal matters
  6. Press release and PR-materials when appropriate

Members of the FIVA Legislation Commission


Chairman:


Tiddo Bresters
E-mail: here

Commission Members:
  • GUILLAUME ALAIN – FFVE (FR)
  • EDQVIST PETER –  MHRF (SE)
  • FIOCCHI CARLA – AAVS (IT)
  • GENILD LARS – MOTORHISTORISK SAMRAD (DK)
  • GUELI ADALBERTO – ASI (IT)
  • MINARIK STANAVCC – ACCR (CZ)
  • OWEN BOB – FBHVC (GB)
  • PETRIDES CHRISTOS – OKAK (CY)
  • KÖNIG JOHANN – ADAC (DE)
  • ECKEL WOLFGANG – ÖMVV (AT)

FIVA‘s guide for Historic Vehicle Owners


This Guide is produced by the FIVA Legislation Commission to assist ANFs of European Union Member States in responding to issues created in their member State in complying with  Directive 2014/45/EU on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers.

The Directive has been published in the Official Journal L 127/51 of  29.4.2014 of the European Union and all Member States must implement its requirements. The Member States have 3 years from the date of publication in the Official Journal in which to incorporate the provisions of the Directive into their domestic laws and 4 years from that date to bring these changes in their laws into force.

The Directive sets out standards both for the performance of road-worthiness testing and for the standards which vehicles much reach. It also grants the Member States a right, but not a duty,  to exempt “vehicles of historic interest” as defined in Article 3.7 of the Directive, from the requirements of this testing.

FIVA recommends that ANFs ensure that their Member States do exercise their right to exempt vehicles of historic interest from the application of the specific testing requirements of the Directive and that their law applies the most favorable and appropriate definition of a vehicle of historic interest within the parameters of Article 3.7.

The Guide takes readers through the terms of the complete Directive and makes certain recommendations so that all aspects can be put into context. Any ANF having difficulty in interpreting the terms of this guide is advised to contact the FIVA Legislation Commission whose members will be happy to provide further advice if requested.

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