Classic Cars Could Be Limited To ‘Classic Car Days’ By 2040

An influential body that works with some of Britain’s largest political parties has released a proposal that could see specialist and classic car enthusiasts limited to ‘classic car days’ by the year 2040.

The latest report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) suggests that by 2040 the only fossil-fuelled vehicles remaining on our UK roads will be classics and specialists, but even those would have a limited mileage strategy.

Road Transport and Traffic Jams

Cebr said that road user pricing is still a rare phenomenon with most transport authorities chickening out using traffic jams as the main means of reconciling supply and demand for road space.

Traffic jams are of course the worst way to increase pollution, wasting not only road users time but also damaging the environment in the process.

Cebr studies have shown that drivers in many parts of the world spend the better part of a week each year in traffic jams .

The controversial report states that we could not only abolish traffic jams but in addition cut the cost of motoring by about a third and the number of accidents by 90% if this policy was to be implemented.

And at the same time the polluting effects of using fossil fuels either directly or indirectly for propelling vehicles could be ended.

  • Technological change presents an opportunity to abolish traffic jams PLUS cut the cost of motoring by about a third and the number of accidents by 90%.
  • The polluting effects of fossil fuels in propelling vehicles could be ended.
  • A ‘Barnett formula’ could be worked out providing the Treasury with rent from road users for the use of roads, providing approx. £30 billion a year.

Road Rent

Road rent, or road charges would be implemented allowing governments to reap at least £20 billion a year, twice the current amount being raised. And if congestion threatens to grow, it will generate through ‘surge pricing’ additional revenue to finance more road space.

Cebr said that road usage charges work to eliminate traffic jams in two ways: they discourage marginal road usage and they generate revenue to pay for more road space.

Specialist and Classic Cars

The bold proposal went on to say specialist and classic cars either be available only to be used on private tracks or will be usable on public roads that are not dedicated to autonomous vehicles.

If they are to be used on any public highways they will need to be retrofitted with GPS systems, which would ensure tracking and apply road user charging.

There are however some scenarios the classic car enthusiast could be exempt from these charges, but only for occasional ‘classic car days’ when they are allowed to be used on the public road system without any such road user charge.

With classic vehicles requiring fossil-fuels it will become increasingly difficult to purchase, leading to the possible disappearance of classics on our highways.

The full report can be viewed here

Do you own a classic vehicle and if so is it feasible this could ever be implemented by the government?


  1. Current target they will only just have stopped selling new petrol and diesel cars… there will be millions still on the road under 10 years old. Completely pie in sky thinking about non electric cars. Electric cars will have to have some form of usage tax as otherwise huge hole in tax revenues

    • The numbers simply do not add up. The EV infrastructure is completely (as yet) inadequate and the rare ones are not used.

      Price point will of course eventually bring higher numbers, but that’s some way off at present.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.