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Reluctantly putting the éclat on ebay. Thought I'd let you know incase anyone's looking.

Max

 

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ECLAT-S1-521-Metallic-Silver-Mechanically-restored-and-sound-unfinished/283538784167

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Sorry to hear this Max

Hope someone on here gets in touch for a sale  , failing that i hope the ebay auction goes well


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Max, nice car, I note from your add on ebay  "Ideal as a London every day car", historic vehicle rules state the vehicle can't be used on a daily basis. Hate you to mislead someone and get in trouble with Big Brother.

Best of luck with the sale.

John

 

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Where does it say that a historic vehicle can’t be used on a daily basis? 

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Rob, 

A very good question, one which I should has asked, in answer there is a letter in this months Practical Classics mag that I read just the day before my post above, I have spent the afternoon on line and have emailed the FBHVC for a definitive answer. I cannot find on the DVLA web site any information regarding the use of historic vehicles that supports my statement. There is a link in the DVLA web site to the FBHVC web site to talk to a Historical Vehicle expert, which I have done.

So it would appear that I may/might/possibly be WRONG.

If in doubt check first, I'll update this topic when/if I get a reply from the FBHVC.

Regards to all, John

 

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Hi John,

many thanks for the update, it does seem curious to have a vehicle definition with exemptions from tax and MOT testing but without matching constraints on usage... maybe it’s buried in the legislation or somewhere within the charging policy?

BR

Rob

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Hi to all, below is the reply I have received from the BHVC. Very pleased to say I was wrong, there will be a stiffly worded correspondence going to PC mag, they should have checked/spotted it was wrong ( as I should have ).

Good morning

 

I am sorry it has taken a little while for me to get back to you on your query. Our Secretary, Emma Balaam, did refer it to me immediately and the delay is all mine.

 

I am happy to be able to assure you that there are not currently any restrictions on the use which may be made of a vehicle which is in the “historic” taxation class. Thus such a vehicle may be used as a daily driver should its owner so wish. Nor am I aware of any current proposals of any kind in the UK to restrict the number of miles which a historic vehicle may travel in a year in the UK. Of course we do not know what restrictions the various Low Emission and Clear Air Zones currently being introduced might impose, though most will probably have a historic exemption.

 

I trust this will set your mind at rest.

 

Best regards

 

Bob Owen

 

Director – Legislation

 

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

 

Regards to all, John

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Interesting.

As most will know, there is now an Ultra Low Emissions Zone charge thats live in London charging vehicles (including motorbikes) £15 a day to visit central london. Historic Vehicles are exempt.

Whilst my current bike sneaked in after a battle, I was thinking of the possibility of a classic bike for the daily London commute. Seems it might be viable.

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