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January 13th, 2007

Bigger hammer

Classic car tax petition

The last Tory government introduced free road tax for classic cars, which they defined to mean cars that were at least 25 years old. I think it's fair to say that many more classics would have gone to the great scrapheap in the sky by now without this incentive. One of the first things Labour did when they came into power was to change the definition to cars that were manufactured before 1973, which means a car that is currently 34 years old is not tax exempt and never will be without a change to the law. Many rare 1970s cars are being left to rot, scrapped, or broken up for parts because their owners can't afford to keep them on the road. While it's true that road tax isn't the only cost involved in running a classic car, it certainly makes a difference particularly for those who look after a large collection.

There is a petition over on the government's "Petition the PM" website where you can sign to request the cutoff date to be changed. Personally I'd prefer a rolling 25 or 30 years, but moving the cutoff date forward to the early 1980s would be better than nothing. Go to http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/historiccartax/ if you wish to sign it.