FIVA and the HVA

Partnering to protect the interests of historical vehicle owners throughout the world.

So what might it take to turn our cherished historic vehicles from novelty to nuisance? A growing population? Disappearing infrastructure for historic motor vehicles? Changing social, economic and political attitudes about the rights of drivers?

For more than 40 years, FIVA has been watching trends and safeguarding the rights of historic motorists in 62 countries across the globe. Now, with the formation of the Historic Vehicle Association, we are pleased to welcome North America to our world-wide organization.

Together with the HVA, FIVA will now be able to align its efforts in Canada and the United States, home to the “Motor City” that put the world on wheels and brought the love affair with the automobile to the masses. North America boasts the world’s largest concentration of historic vehicle enthusiasts. That means the success of the HVA will be critical to safeguarding the rights of historic vehicle owners in the future, as well as helping to set global policy trends.

In the coming months, FIVA and the HVA will be working on a unified advocacy platform that addresses some serious challenges that face owners of historic vehicles. Topping the list are emissions testing regulations; safety regulations and inspection; enhanced support for the skills and trades that fuel the hobby; and the distribution of the results from HVA’s economic impact survey.

“Yesterday’s Vehicles on Tomorrows Roads” is a good slogan, but to make it a reality we need to translate those words into action. And we’ll need the strength in numbers of the U.S. and Canadian historic motorists to do it.

– Horst Bruening, FIVA President

What The Future Holds?

There are roads in Europe that classic vehicles are not allowed to use, not to mention serious talk that any car getting fewer than 35 miles per gallon should be completely prohibited from using any EU road. If you want to gaze into a crystal ball to see how the rights of historic vehicle owners here in North America may be challenged in the future, you only need to look to Europe.

FIVA provides monthly regulatory updates detailing legislation initiatives impacting historic vehicle owners, issues of concern, and FIVA’s actions in response. If you would like to read more about how FIVA is working to protect the rights of historic vehicle owners, visit:


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