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Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer worried classic car tax ‘loophole’ could be axed


Wheeler Dealers TV host Mike Brewer fears that a “loophole” preventing classic car owners from paying car tax fees could soon be axed. 

The presenter of the popular classic car restoration show claims it is likely the rolling historic tax exemption rule he fought hard to secure will be gone within “years”. 

Under current rules, owners of vehicles registered more than 40 years ago do not need to pay Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) fees.

The rule also applies to Clean Air Zone schemes including London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). 

The exemption updates every year meaning cars built and registered before 1984 became exempt earlier this year. 

It means motorists can secure models built in the early 1980s and save hundreds of pounds on road charges compared to those with modern vehicles.

Mike said the rule could be considered “ridiculous” by politicians and suggested MPs could make a move to axe the incentive. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mike said: “Give it a couple of years and they will close that loophole as well. 

“I fought for rolling tax exemption on classic cars. Elvis (Marc Priestley) is now fortunate enough to stand up in front of a group of MPs and give them some of our passions.

“I fought for rolling tax exemption and it did happen. I know that somewhere in the halls of Westminster. It’s ridiculous isn’t it, how can you stop me driving into town in a 2013 Mini Cooper and charge me high road tax.”

A recent Parliament Petition calling for the historic tax exemption to be reduced from 40 years to 20 was rejected by the Government despite sizeable interest.

Over 13,000 members of the public have so far signed the poll which suggested that some classic vehicles could “disappear from roads” if action wasn’t taken.

As it passed the 10,000 signature threshold for a Government response, the Treasury clearly outlined the Government’s position was not to make any changes. 

However, it made clear that a 40-year exemption was still a “fair” threshold for historic vehicles. 

They explained: “The Government has no plans to reduce the tax exemption age for classic cars from 40 to 20 years. While the Government keeps all taxes under review, we consider 40 years a fair cut-off date.

They added: “The law does not specifically define a vehicle as historic or classic for registration purposes, and it is widely recognised that there are many factors other than age which influence whether a car is considered as classic. 

“The Government has therefore set 40 years as being a fair cut-off date to distinguish classic cars from older cars.”

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