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Federation International Vehicules Anciens asked to contribute to EU discussions

Below is the January - February 2012 update issued by FIVA (Federation International Vehicules Anciens) regarding discussions about possible changes to customs tariffs applicable to classic vehicles being imported from outside of the EU. This is of definite interest to all but especially enthusiasts of American vehicles. There is also some information about Biofuels and deterioration air quality in Germany.



European Commission asks FIVA to input on internal discussions on the Customs Code

The European Commission is currently re-examining some of the criteria listed in the current Combined Nomenclature Explanatory Notes used by Member State authorities to determine the appropriate classification for tariff application when a vehicle is imported into the EU. Historic vehicles can be treated differently, and preferentially, to other vehicles if classified by the authorities under the customs code 9705 (Collections and collectors’ pieces of zoological, botanical, mineralogical, anatomical, historical, archaeological, palaeontological, ethnographic or numismatic interest) which includes motor vehicles which are:

"in their original state, without substantial changes to the chassis, steering or braking system, engine, etc.; at least 30 years old, and of a model or type which is no longer in production.

However, motor vehicles are deemed not to be of historical or ethnographical interest and are excluded from this heading when the competent authorities establish that the motor vehicles are not liable to evidence a significant step in the evolution of human achievements or illustrate a period of that evolution.

Such vehicles must also possess the requisite characteristics for inclusion in a collection by: being relatively rare; not being normally used for their original purpose; being the subject of special transactions outside the normal trade in similar utility articles; and being of greater value."

It also includes motor vehicles which are collectors’ pieces of historical interest:

"(a) motor vehicles, irrespective of their date of manufacture, which can be proved to have been used in the course of an historic event;

(b) motor racing vehicles, which can be proved to be designed, built and used solely for competition and have achieved significant sporting success at prestigious national or international events."

The European Commission is aware that these Explanatory Notes can lead to divergent opinions and decisions and wants to provide the Member States with further guidance and has recently sought assistance from FIVA to do so.

FIVA submits information to the European Commission for Roadworthiness discussions

FIVA has submitted to the European Commission the information recently gathered from the ANFs which details information about Member State type-approval, registration and roadworthiness testing regulations applicable to historic vehicles. The Commission made the request to FIVA to help as a part of its consultation for the drafting of the anticipated amendment to the Roadworthiness Testing Directive.



Environmental and Development Groups have highlighted their concerns about biofuels

Friends of the Earth Europe and ActionAid have stated that meeting the EU's 2020 target for biofuel use in transport will cost up to €126bn because of the indirect land-use change impact of biodiesel from oil seeds. They have also noted that:

  1. ? European Commission figures show that meeting the 2020 biofuel target will generate more CO2
  2. ? the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled that palm oil-based biofuels will not meet the US’s renewable fuel standards - biofuels must emit 20% less CO2 compared with conventional fuels.

Air quality worsens in Germany

Concentrations of particulate matter (PM10) were higher in 2011 than in previous years in many German cities. The EU limit of 50 micrograms per cubic metre (µ/m3) for no more than 35 days a year was exceeded at 42% of monitoring stations located near roads in urban areas. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels also remained high, with concentrations above the annual average limit of 40 µ/m3 recorded at many monitoring stations. Accordingly, Green group BUND has called for further urban area road traffic reductions and more funding for public transport systems.


The FIVA Legislation Commission members are: Tiddo Bresters (Chairman), Patrick Rollet (Member/Secretary), Horst Brüning, Andrew Burt, Wolgang Eckel Carla Fiocchi, Adalberto Gueli, Zoltán Gárdos, Peeter Henning, David Hurley, Johann König, Georg Magnusson, Stanislav Minárk and Andrew Turner of EPPA works with the Committee.


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