Responsible for all mobility policy in the European Commission
On 9 September Tiddo Bresters, Nataša Jerina and Andrew Turner met with Jocelyn Fajardo and Alisa Tiganj, both members of EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s Cabinet. The meeting was made possible and arranged by Nataša, who is a member of the Slovenian Federation SVAMZ.During the 45 minute meeting, the FIVA delegation first explained FIVA, FIVA’s objectives and actions and the cultural and economic value of the preservation and use of historic vehicles. They then had a very constructive dialogue with the Cabinet members about historic vehicle use within the context of the DG MOVE’s policy motivations and current initiatives. The meeting was very timely because DG MOVE has very recently published a document detailing its strategy for low-emission mobility which takes a holistic view of measures to better manage mobility using pricing and technological tools. FIVA therefore stressed that historic vehicles are different and distinct from all other road vehicles because of their c [...]
President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car is significant based on three out of four of the Criteria for Historic Significance. First it is associated with important events and important persons in American history as the first Presidential Limousine. The Steam Car was acquired under the Taft administration and was enthusiastically used by the President who actively promoted the adoption of the automobile in America. The White Steam Car is further significant based on its informational value as the only one of the original four vehicles used by the Taft administration that survives today.When you first encounter the massive White Model M Steam Car, you’re immediately struck by its size. As you begin to acclimate to its outsized proportions, you begin taking in the details: the golden presidential seal; the steering wheel within a steering wheel; and the wild assortment of levers. But all of this pales in comparison to the historic significance of the car itself, one which arguably set the stage for much of what was to come with the dawn of the automotive age. Watch the film to learn more about President William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Model M Steam Car, the first presidential limousine.Text, pictures and video:
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today (22-9-2016) introduced legislation to help preserve the legacy of American automobiles and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act will authorize the Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records of American automotive and motorcycle history.“Few engineering innovations have had the same impact on American society as the automobile, and it is important for us to preserve the stories of vehicles that have played a critical role in American history,” said Senator Peters. “This legislation will ensure records of the historic vehicles will be available to inspire the next generation of automotive engineers and celebrate the accomplishments of the automotive industry that continues to be a vital part of our economy in Michigan and the United States. I am proud to work with the Historic Vehicle Association, the FIVA representative in the US and Canada, and the American Motorcyclist Association to support the preservation of America’s rich and unique automotive history.”
The European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met in Brussels on 7 December. FIVA and the MEPs had informed and constructive discussions about historic vehicles and policy concerns notably about the EU’s Low-Emission Mobility Strategy Low Emission Zones, Road tolling, the REACH legislation. The Group will next meet in march 2017.
In recognition of the importance of both organisations, both FIA and FIVA have, so ca called reciprocal membership in each other. Therefore, FIA is a full member of FIVA while FIVA has a membership at FIA.Both parties have similar but not identical goals with regard to vehicle ownership, the joy of this and the importance of heritage of such. During the Paris week this was again underlined by meetings held at the Automobile Club de France.FIVA is not part of the FIA
No matter how excellent a magazine as Octane Magzine is, the multitude of abbreviation can create some confusion. However, Octane Magazine quickly responded with the below correction in their August 2016 issue (page 75).With reference to the News Feed story in Octane 156, which states that 2016 is ‘the 50th anniversary of its parent body, the FIA’, I would like to point out that FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, or the International Federation for Historic Vehicles) is not a part of FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and FIVA has very little to do with FIA (which, incidentally, was founded in 1904, whereas FIVA dates from 1966).FIA deals with modern cars, and their causes and activities are markedly different from [...]
As it lobbies for Europe-wide low-emission-zone exemptions.
According to FIVA – the international federation of historic vehicles – a ‘historic’ vehicle is not simply an ‘old’ vehicle. FIVA is lobbying EU politicians for a clear definition of a ‘historic vehicle’ as it calls for consistent, Europe-wide exemptions from low-emission-zone restrictions.Patrick Rollet, president of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), explains: “By ‘historic vehicle’, we mean a mechanically propelled road vehicle at least 30 years old, preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition and not used as a means of daily transport. These vehicles are part of our technical and cultural heritage and, in our opinion, should not be lumped together with old, badly maintained cars that are used as cheap, everyday transport, when considering the problem of urban air pollution.”FIVA understands the need for low-emission zones or LEZs, as towns have to comply with targets set in EU air-quality Directives and to meet health concerns expressed by the World Health Organisation. Clearly, as older vehicles tend to be more polluting than newer vehicles, LEZ measures often target older vehicles – but FIVA argues that there are many good reasons why the contribution of historic ve [...]