Luxembourg’s love affair with classic cars is confirmed after it emerged that cars older than 30 years make up 4.6% of the country’s total registered vehicle stock.
But, with some countries moving to create clean air zones where the worst polluting vehicles will be banned, does it mean these historical vehicles will also be unwelcome in these zones?
A European Commission study on urban vehicle access regulations suggests that such vehicles should be exempted from these rules “given that they are driven less frequently and their contribution to the preservation of automobile heritage”.
But, in the absence of an exemption in the rules on driving in ecological zones, owners of historical vehicles and service providers “would be disproportionately punished”, argued LSAP MP Yves Cruchten in a recent parliamentary question. He wished to know if there was some leeway in the rules, for example, if a historical vehicle is registered in Luxembourg and driven in another country, like Germany.
Responding to the question on Friday, Green transport minister François Bausch said it was for the authorities in Germany to decide their own conditions for vehicles in specific zones. “In this way, access conditions may vary from one town to another,” Bausch wrote.