The value of the Historic Vehicle Clubs Committee was well illustrated last year, when the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society came up against regulations requiring old commercials to undergo the plating and testing procedure, and the EEC insistence on old buses and coaches being fitted with tachographs. The HVCC was able to help in rescinding the first requirement, so that from August old lorries and vans taxed as private cars which are not carrying goods will not need to be plated.
A meeting of HCVS and HVCC officials with the DoT produced a good response, and it is hoped that a way round the tachograph ruling will be found for the older public service vehicles. The European FIVA Conference was valuable in this respect, and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu flew to Zurich at short notice to join the HVCC Chairman in placing considerable weight behind the proposal.
The HVCC represents 50,000 road-vehicle preservationists, and covers everything from motorcycles to traction-engines. Details can be obtained from DG Grossmark, Danny Court, New Quay Lane, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks , Sussex BN69BA. WB