The EYTCC, is a member of the FBHVC


The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.

There are over 540 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters.

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The Federation exists to maintain the freedom to use all historic vehicles in the UK.

In support of that aim, the legislation team, headed by the director and deputy director, work to monitor both proposed legislation and regulation and the operation of existing legislation and regulation to promote and protect the right of enthusiasts to use and maintain their historic vehicles on the road

  • without unreasonable restriction;
  • without modification;
  • without the need to conform to the performance, roadworthiness and  environmental standards which are applied to the generality of modern vehicles.

The legislation team consists of over a dozen members, selected for their wide experience of the UK historic vehicle user community covering all the 130 years of powered road vehicles.

The legislation team works with the legislative bodies of the worldwide FIVA and participates in several FIVA commissions. This is especially important having regard to the European dimension of much proposed UK legislation.

The primary tasks of the legislation team are..

  • monitoring Government websites to identify all policy changes proposed;
  • responding to all relevant consultations;
  • lobbying civil servants, ministers and other appropriate trade bodies to ensure preservation of a strong and healthy historic vehicle movement in the UK;
  • encouraging the widest and most accurate possible Press coverage of legislative matters, both current and proposed, concerning historic vehicles

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to maintain our freedom to use Yesterday’s Vehicles on Tomorrow’s Roads. Additionally we encourage the preservation and promotion of all types of vehicle within the broader context of our national heritage.

The Federation has a clearly defined strategy for the next five years..

In the centre, we see six elements: Legislation, Research, FIVA, Heritage and Culture, Trade and Skills and Technical and Events. These are the fundamental elements of what we do and indeed are complementary to each other. Embracing these elements Communications and Engagement with our members, specialist and national media is critical to our success. Within the outer circle we have the resources which are essential to our operation and these are defined as Administration, Finance and People.

Legislation is the most fundamental element of what we do and embraces how we engage those who draft legislation, debate what is appropriate and finally agree and implement this legislation. We are very fortunate to have the support of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group which embraces both Houses of Parliament and all of the major political parties.

Research links extremely closely to Legislation and is essential to value the historic vehicle movement in monetary, social and political terms. The data we generate is crucial to inform political debate and discussion and may be represented by quite diverse numbers.

FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is the international body representing the historic vehicle movement. FIVA is fundamental to what we do and is the principal mechanism by which we engage EU legislators.

Heritage and Culture is becoming an increasingly important element as we seek to establish historic vehicles as cultural items and in turn demonstrate the cultural and economic impact of historic vehicles on society.

Trade and Skills is again a developing element as we engage our trade supporters and particularly focus on skills preservation. To ensure our vehicles continue to function effectively we need to ensure parts and appropriate skills are retained and the latter provides the opportunity for young people to enter the historic vehicle industry, gain employment and learn skills that otherwise may be lost.

Finally, we focus on one of our most critical resources, People, without people either as board members or members of our various committees we just cannot operate effectively.

Our strategy is fundamental to our future and creates exciting opportunities for all involved!

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