FIVA`s Legislation Commission is tasked to ensure that the development of national and international legislation does not create adverse impact to owners of historic vehicles to preserve their vehicles and use them on public roads without inappropriate restrictions. The Commission is chaired by Tiddo Bresters.
The Commission meets three to four times a year. The members each have a particular responsibility for a specific policy sector or area of expertise. The Commission initiates and coordinates required lobbying actions, making use of a network of FIVA members’ representatives. Lobbying concentrates on EU policies, but the Commission monitors regulatory developments at national level as well, especially for cases with possible transnational impact. The Chairman coordinates all these activities with support from Andrew Turner of the Public Affairs consultancy EPPA.
The Commission fulfills its task by:
- building its understanding of the historic vehicle movement through knowledge sharing and by undertaking research
- monitoring and assessing regulatory developments at the national, EU and global level maintaining dialogue with decision makers (the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, Member state Governments and civil servants and the UN)
- presenting FIVA’s concerns and solutions to the relevant decision makers when necessary.
The legislation commission is responsible for achieving FIVA’s primary task – that is to maintain the right to preserve and use historic vehicles worldwide.
Historically the commission has concentrated on the effects of EU legislation. Countries outside of Europe have seen the value of this work and now realise the importance of monitoring changes in legislation throughout the world. The commission continues to check and influence EU legislation but also provides a forum for sharing information about global developments.
The Legislation Commission monitors these areas of interest:
- vehicle registration, customs and taxes
- road safety regulations (like vehicle requirements, traffic rules, road worthiness testing)
- environmental regulations (like emissions, lez’s, end-of-life)
- regulations regarding resources and materials (like petrol, use of materials like chemicals, chrome or asbestos, legal aspects regarding availability of parts )
- licensing and other regulations regarding the permission to drive and use (difference between private and professional use)
FIVA’s legislation commission is supported by the activity of the individual member nations and by EPPA, a firm of consultants based in Brussels and London.
Communication and information:
- EU-updates, approximately 10 times per year, distributed to FIVA members
- Information about national developments once a year via mail and FIVA website
- Commission meeting reports
- Maintenance of contacts with related organisations
- Surveys on statistics, political and legal matters
- Press release and PR-materials when appropriate