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Klassisk køredag

Ved flere lejligheder er der fremkommet forslag om, at der i Danmark – ligesom i en række af vore nabolande – arrangeres en Klassisk køredag. Senest er forslaget blevet omtalt i Klassisk Bil & MC.

Forslaget går ud på at denne dag skal alle som har et historisk køretøj, så vidt muligt køre i dette køretøj. Der kan naturligvis af de enkelte klubber laves forskellige arrangementer – men ideen er altså også at den enkelte den dag skal benytte det gamle køretøj på turen til Brugsen eller Posthuset.

Der er forslag fremme om, at dagen kunne lægges på Fars Dag – den 5. juni – som også er Grundlovsdag.

Der kunne måske laves et Danmarks-løb – noget i stil med det arrangement der sidste år blev lavet i Sverige, hvor man kørte en Ford T fra Nordsverige til Sydsverige – en tur som tog mange dage – og som skabte stor opmærksomhed om de historiske køretøjer.

Det er fra flere sider foreslået at Motorhistorisk Samråd skulle stå som koordinator af en Klassisk køredag. I almindelighed er det jo således – som skrevet i MhS´s vedtægter – at det er de enkelte medlemsklubber, der tager sig af at lave arrangementer, medens MhS tager sig af at arbejde med at forbedre forholdene for ejerne af de gamle køretøjer, ved løbende at holde øje med hvad der sker fra lovgivernes side af trafikpolitisk art.

Der er altså allerede fremkommet mange tanker – og der er sikkert endnu flere, som endnu blot befinder sig i hovederne rundt omkring i vore mange medlemmer.

MhS vil meget gerne have tilkendegivelser fra de enkelte klubber om følgende …

1. Er det en god idé ?
2. Skal MhS være koordinator ?
3. Vil du / din klub være aktivt med ?
4. Vil du være med i en arbejdsgruppe, som skal udarbejde koncept ?
5. Andre kommentarer

Send venligst snarest dine bemærkninger og kommentarer til undertegnede på svend@satholstrup.dk. Jeg glæder mig til at høre fra DIG.

Svend Aage Tholstrup

 

Biblioteksudvalg

Ved årsmødet blev der nedsat et udvalg, som skulle se på mulighederne for at hjælpe medlemsklubberne med at få styr på deres biblioteker og arkiver. Inden udvalget nåede at holde møde, meldte det ene medlem fra, og arbejdet gik i stå. Nu har en nyinteresseret meldt sig, og inden efteråret vil der være afholdt et møde i udvalget, så vi kan fortælle, hvad vi tror et MhS-udvalg vil kunne hjælpe klubberne med.

Niels Jonassen

 

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix den 5. og 6. august

Har I lyst til at udstille jeres biler ved Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix?

TILBUD TIL KLUBBER.
Gratis parkering på Nørre Allé, hvis man kommer i en klassisk bil. Den må ikke være nyere end 1972.
Hver bil modtager løbets plakat, som allerede er blevet et samlerobjekt.

Tilmelding skal ske på mail og indeholde følgende oplysninger:
– Navn
– Adresse
– Telefonnummer/email
– Bilmærke og årgang
– Bilens registreringsnummer
I vil herefter modtage klistermærke til forruden, samt værdikupon til plakaten.

Vær opmærksom på, at I må komme samlet, hvis I ønsker at holde sammen som gruppe.
Tilbuddet gælder begge dage eller bare den ene dag.
Sidste frist for tilmelding er søndag 23. juli.

Se: www.chgp.dk for mere information om arrangementet. Husk at oprette linket på jeres hjemmeside og tilføje arrangementet på kalenderen, tak!

Venlig hilsen
Troels Lund
Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix
mail: troelslund@mail.tele.dk

 

EU LEGISLATION UPDATE

MAY 2006

OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIALOGUE

FIVA Legislation Commission meets

On 13-14 May, FIVA’s Legislation Commission met. Issues discussed during the meeting were:

ƒ- Structure of the Commission: in order to make more effective FIVA’s EU legislation work, it was agreed that the Commission should be expanded to include representatives from each European Federation (if possible). This larger Commission will receive all communications received by the current Commission and will meet two times a year. The objective is to incentivise action at nation level to meet EU and national legislation challenges. The current Commission members will continue their work on specific policy areas and function as a Working Group of the Commission and therefore continue to meet on a quarterly basis.

ƒ- FIVA Drivers Code: the text of FIVA’s Drivers Code for historic vehicles which is FIVA’s commitment to the European Union’s Road Safety Charter was finalised. It will now be prepared for dissemination to the member Federations

ƒIssues updates and actions: matters discussed were:
— the finalisation of the institutional decisions on the Drivers Licence Directive: the trailer
provisions which are satisfactory for FIVA remain; and member federations may now also
lobby their governments for a B (car) licence equivalence for driving historic busses and
trucks – please contact the Commission Chairman for information if required;

— the Commission consultation and FIVA response to the proposal for retrofitting of blindspot
mirrors to trucks,

— environmental issues, and in particular national road bans – hence also a discussion on the
progress of the research project.

ƒ- Definition of historic vehicles: the Commission held a discussion on the potential rephrasing of the definition of historic vehicles in light of the growing environmental concerns expressed by decision makers of the environmental impact of “older polluting vehicles” in view of the increasing “cleanliness” of the new cars.

EP Committee vote on the Thematic Strategy on Air pollution postponed

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee postponed its vote on the report by Dorette Corbey (a Dutch socialist) on the Commission’s Thematic Strategy on Air pollution in order to attempt to reach a “First Reading” agreement with the European Council – thereby avoiding future procedural delays. As reported last month, Mrs. Corbey’s Report

ƒ- “invites Member States to take the necessary measures to phase out older polluting vehicles or –
where appropriate – provide incentives for retrofitting;” and:

– “calls for measures to minimise the use of cars in inner cities; is convinced that environmental zoning that discourages the more polluting cars from entering inner cities provides a strong incentive to modernise the car fleet; stresses that local governments can provide a strong incentive for innovation by purchasing clean cars (EEV, Euro 6 and VI) for the public and semi-public car fleet.”

FIVA will use the additional time to discuss the suggestions that older vehicles be phased out and on environmental zoning with the Rapporteur and members of the Committee to stress the implications of such actions on the historic vehicle movement. The aim is to particularly stress that there is no contradiction in supporting the general principle of “phasing out older polluting vehicles”, whilst wanting to protect the use and preservation of historic vehicles as there is a clear distinction between historic vehicles and “older polluting vehicles”.

INFORMATION

EU road fuel sulphur levels

It has been reported that the previous decline in the levels of sulphur in European petrol and diesel has halted and in fact would have reversed if there had not been a revision of 2003 figures. The reversal is attributed to the higher levels of sulphur in fuel in the new member states.
Vehicle recycling

A study undertaken on behalf of the European Commission has concluded that the targets to reuse or recycle 85% and recover 95% of vehicle waste by 2015 should be maintained in a forthcoming review of the “endof-life vehicles” directive. The study claims that the target of 95% reuse, recycling or recovery should be retained because of the environmental benefits which would be gained at little cost. It also supported maintaining a subsidiary target to reuse or recycle 85% of cars and even felt it could be raised to 95%, although it offered the caveat that doing so might hamper the development of alternative recovery methods.

These views contrasted with those expressed by a stakeholder group last year that recommended delaying the targets by 5 years or even removing them completely. The review of the targets, which allows for the possibility of legislation to amend them, will be announced later this year.

The FIVA Legislation Commission members are: Horst Bruning (Chairman); Tiddo Bresters, Andrew Burt, David Davis, Adalberto Gueli, Winfried Kallinger; Patrick Rollet, Svend Aage Tholstrup; and Carla Fiocchi (Secretariat). Andrew Turner of EPPA works with the Committee.

EU LEGISLATION UPDATE

JUNE 2006

OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIALOGUE

The European commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU should further reduce car CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency as part of its overall programme on climate change. The consultation is aimed at the general public. While the consultation is aimed at gaining information about modern cars and car-buying choices, FIVA members may choose to participate and can do so by accessing the consultation n the internet at:

http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=CO2andcars

Given that one of FIVA’s major current concerns is the potential for the use of older vehicles to be restricted by regulation as a means to help improve air quality, if FIVA members respond to the consultation they may want to also make reference to their ownership, good maintenance and occasional use for pleasure (as opposed to daily use) of their historic vehicles in order to help the European Commission appreciate the low annual use and high standards of maintenance of FIVA’s members’ historic vehicles. Any such information provided would complement FIVA’s research on the economic, cultural and environmental impact of historic vehicles which will be presented to EU decision makers in October of this year.

INFORMATION

European Commission publishes review of Transport White Paper

The European Commission adopted in June a paper on the orientation for future EU transport policy. The Commission has made clear that it recognises that mobility is essential for Europe’s prosperity and for free movement of citizens, but also addresses the negative impact of mobility in terms of energy use and environmental quality and reemphasises the need to boost rail and maritime connections for long distance freight transport. Specifically it suggests measures designed to help achieve the aims including:

ƒ- the development of intelligent transport systems to make mobility greener and more efficient – the paper comments that “smart” charging will in the future contribute to a more rational use of infrastructure and the paper announces a methodology as a basis for smart infrastructure charging by 2008;

ƒ- a debate on how to change mobility of people in urban areas – a Green Paper will be published next year focussing on the role the EU can play as a catalyst to encourage decision-makers to better tackle congestion, pollution and accidents with innovative actions. It comments that as a part of the debate, a clear view will be needed on what level of government is responsible for new actions.

ƒ- Concerning road safety, the paper reiterates the need to step up measures in order to reach the target of halving the number of people killed on EU roads between 2001 and 2010 and the first European road safety day will be held in 2007.

However, the Commission has downgraded the 2001 White Paper’s key target of shifting transport from roads to “greener” modes. Following an impact assessment the review concluded that returning the share of rail traffic to 1998 levels cannot be met. And says that continuing to focus on modal shift as a prime objective would have a negative impact on mobility and growth. It has also dropped a key 2001 objective of decoupling transport demand from economic growth. Instead, it now says that mobility must be “disconnected from its negative side effects” and the Environmental lobby group T and E has complained that the change contradicts the relaunched EU sustainable development strategy adopted by EU leaders earlier this month, which reaffirms the decoupling objective.
European Parliament looks at particulate pollution rules

The European Parliament’s environment committee has adopted a report on the current and proposed future EU air quality standards, saying they wanted lighter controls on particulate matter and longer exemption periods for air pollution hotspots having trouble meeting the limits. They have called for the number of times a daily average limit of 50 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) of PM 10 can be exceeded to be increased from 35 to 55 days – but in compensation have also called for the yearly average limit of 40 ug/m3 be tightened to 30 ug/m3 from 2010.

Concerning PM2.5 the committee wanted the proposed blanket target for all member states to reduce population exposure by 20% over the decade to 2020 to be differentiated according to actual national pollution levels. They agreed that the target should remain at 20% where initial PM2.5 levels are over 20 ug/m3, but felt they should fall in steps to 0% at 10 ug/m3 or below. It also called for the separate binding concentration cap on PM2.5 levels in air of 25 ug/m3 which is proposed to be to be met by 2010 – to be changed to 20 ug/m3 by 2015 – and said that Member States should get significant extra flexibility to delay meeting the particulates’ targets depending on national circumstances. The Environment Commissioner, Mr. Dimas, made clear that he was not happy with the EP position, noting that it was the first time since he took office that MEPs had sought to dilute his proposals and that he would fight the to maintain the Commission position.

However, in contrast, in its non-legislative resolution on the EU’s Cafe strategy for a long-term air quality policy, the Committee said that the EU should aim at deeper cuts in a range of pollutants than those proposed.
In parallel, the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted its report on European Commission proposal on passenger car taxation which aims to have Member States move from Registration Taxes to annual circulation taxes with a percentage being based on CO2 output (see July 05 issues update).

Car industry failing to meet emission targets

A recent meeting between the European Commission and car industry representatives led to the confirmation that the industry is likely to fail to meet a target to reduce average new car emissions to 140 grams per kilometre by 2009. The industry is apparently only halfway toward meeting the target, which it committed to in 1998. The Commission has promised that it will act in 2007 to ensure the targets are met.

European Commission rejects Dutch bid to cut particulates from cars

The European Commission has rejected a Dutch proposal to effectively ban diesel cars and light vans with fine particle emissions above 5 milligrams per kilometre (mg/km) from 1 January 2007. It has done so under single market rules (article 95) saying that the Netherlands had failed to prove it had a nationally-specific problem with motor vehicle emissions. Furthermore, it added that even if the Netherlands had proven this, the proposed ban would have constituted “a disproportionate obstacle” to the internal market.

Sweden looks to a future with less oil
A Swedish national commission set up “to present a concrete strategy to break Sweden’s dependence on oil by 2020” has outlined measures aimed at securing long-term energy supply, reducing climate impact and making better use of energy resources from forestry and agriculture. The Commission wants improvements in overall energy efficiency of at least 20%, 40-50% cuts in the use of petrol and diesel in road transport, and believes that fuel efficiency should be included as a factor in environmental classification of cars.
The FIVA Legislation Commission members are: Horst Bruning (Chairman); Tiddo Bresters, Andrew Burt, David Davis, Adalberto Gueli, Winfried Kallinger; Patrick Rollet, Svend Aage Tholstrup; and Carla Fiocchi (Secretariat). Andrew Turner of EPPA works with the Committee.

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