Help C&SC fight the London classic car ban


C&SC is calling on enthusiasts to help to oppose London Mayor Boris Johnson's proposal to ban classic cars from the centre of the capital. Not only would the Ultra Low Emissions Zone exclude classics from the Congestion Charge Zone, it could spell disaster for events such as the Regent Street Motor Show.

As it stands no exemptions to the draft proposal have been hinted at or confirmed and there are fears that classic cars could bear the brunt of legislation aimed at other vehicles.

Classic & Sports Car's Group Editor James Elliott said: "When we revealed the threat a few days ago, it was greeted with outcry from enthusiasts so we are taking positive action.

"Even though there are some 800,000 pre-1981 classic cars in the UK, their contribution to pollution is so tiny it is virtually immeasurable yet they will be just as affected by this as the heavily polluting diesel vehicles that this is intending to curb.

"Classic cars constitute a £4.5billion business employing nearly 30,000 people in the UK and there are many dealers and support industries within the proposed area that could be driven out of business, as well as owners living within the zone who would find driving their own cherished car outlawed overnight. We are not talking about old bangers here, but pieces of history that have been lovingly preserved for generations.

"Plus, the prospect of an event such as the Brighton Run, immortalised in the film Genevieve, being stopped completely or forced to find an alternative start point after more than a century is unthinkable.

"That event perfectly sum up what our hobby is all about, it is not just a selfish indulgence, but sharing something with people that brings a smile to their faces. It would be a shame to see that smile wiped out by ill-thought-out legislation."

As a result C&SC has started a campaign to gather as many signatures as possible to oppose the change and secure a future for the cars of the past on London's roads.

It plans to deliver the petition personally to London mayor Boris Johnson in a convoy of classic cars.

Click here to join the campaign and sign the petition. 

For our story detailing the threat click here. 


mike jennings

As I understand it, London is central to the UK being recently fined for transport emissions that are way over the limit. The offending pollutant being NOx not CO2. So, it is Diesel vehicles causing the problem not petrol.

The issue is taxis with old technology engines (yes even the new ones) and thousands of buses that don't use DEF SCR.

Boris et al need to address the root cause, however challenging. Getting people on push-bikes and banning classic cars borders on the pathetic.


For heavens sake, there are more important things to sort out than attacking Classic Car usage in London. Get your priorities right. Classic cars are a rare sight anyway in London, and are usually greeted very positively and make for a less drab world.


Thought Mr Johnson was a bit off the beaten track when it came to being a politician and quite liked the man for his non-conformism. Unfortunately it seems I was completely wrong on this one and he is of the same ilk as everybody else in that camp. we must definitely win this one and celebrate by organising a "spontaneus" get together of classic cars in London. The RAC in Pall Mall may be an excellent starting point. Thoughts?


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Madison Ward

We like sports car as we like to live in speed. Thats the main point to go with sports car and buy Porsche,Loand Rover etc. But the main headache is to take a proper care and good maintenance of your car. Thats the reason select the best service point for your car repair where you will find professional mechanics for your car and maintain it good way to work for life.


Ah, is that lovely old green T-Bird still in Marylebone ?  And the A35 ?  I always look for those cars if I'm walking or driving through that area.


It won't be just classic cars that'll be banned from London, it'll be poor people as well...

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