Delegates from 57 countries gathered from October 29th to 31st, 2009 in Turin to attend the FIVA Commissions’ meetings and the General Assembly.
The major factor of the event was the incorporation within FIVA of four new member countries: the USA, Canada, China and Morocco. OKAC from Cyprus also joined, thus contributing to the historic transformation of FIVA from a largely regional association, focused on Europe, to a truly international organization.
On the political side, FIVA has reinforced its legislative action this year to ensure that “yesterday’s vehicles can use tomorrow’s roads” and successfully lobbied the European Parliament to include an amendment to its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Directive, dispensing historic vehicles, defined as over 30 years of age, from carrying on-board electronic devices which were impossible to install and affected the vehicles’ authenticity.
An Environmental Guide was validated by the General Assembly, reminding historic vehicle owners of techniques and behaviour required to reduce emissions. This document will be available in all member countries of FIVA during the year 2010.
Other proposals were also adopted, for example, the FIVA new Technical Code 2010 and the automatic processing of FIVA ID Card applications.
Many positive results but also a word of caution from FIVA’s President Horst Bruning: All enthusiasts must remain aware of the threats our movement still faces, especially in the areas of road safety and environmental protection.
Photo: Horst Bruning, FIVA President, standing between Greg Stropes, Historic Vehicle Association board member and Guian’ Zong President of the Classic Vehicle Union of China