Tax on classics

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From Mr David P. Malins

Sir: The Department of Transport is proposing to introduce continuous licensing of motor vehicles. Many in the old car movement see the proposal for licensing cars, even when off the road for restoration and repair, as just an excuse to get more money from a section of the population that is already law-abiding and paying its taxes.

Responsible citizens understand that the future of transport must include the sensible development of low-pollution public transport systems with the motor car in time taking a more occasional role. The unfair targeting of what are leisure pursuits, where vehicles are used rarely, is going for exactly the wrong people. Car-tax evaders and high-use road users do not drive cherished classic cars.

Yours faithfully,

David P. Malins

Fairthorpe Sports Car Club

Luton, Bedfordshire