ER Classics Desktop 2022

At the start of 2015, the Dutch fleet had almost three hundred thousand passenger cars of 25 years or older. It means that the population has been reduced by nearly fourteen thousand compared to a year earlier. The number of diesel and LPG cars from 25 to 40 years old in particular has been reduced. The number of vintage cars that first appeared on the road at least 40 years ago is still increasing. Statistics Netherlands announced this today.

Decline in old cars and tightening tax rules
The total number of old cars overall decreased for the second year in a row. At the start of 2015, there were fewer 22.429 cars in the category with an age of 25 or older compared to a year earlier. Up to the beginning of 2013, the number of cars in that age category also increased, although a significant leveling-off of the growth of the now taxed vintage car quota was already visible at that time.

The motor vehicle stock within the 25-40 year age category again decreased compared to the previous year. Photo Mercedes-BenzThe group forty years and older is continuing to grow
The population of passenger cars with an age of 40 years or older did show an increase. Compared to the previous year, an increase was achieved from 8.443 units to a total of 121.916 units. Incidentally, this group of vintage cars has been growing for years. Wouter van Embden of Stichting Autobelangen says: “This is also due to the new flow of forty-year-old cars, which we can welcome every year. The part that is lost due to demolition or export is a lot smaller. "

Environmental zones
RTL Nieuws reported today that the perils around the environmental zones in Utrecht and Rotterdam play a role in the decrease in the total number of Dutch vintage cars. In both large municipalities, the share of cars with an age between 25 and 40 years decreased by almost a quarter. The decrease there is therefore above average.

"Despite decline, fleet is not greening"
The national decrease in the number of passenger cars of 25 years or older cannot be seen in isolation from the introduction of the current MRB rules for vintage cars, which came into effect on January 1 on 2014. It is the scheme that the old-timer supporters have been fighting for years. Wouter van Embden of Stichting Autobelangen was not happy with the published figures from Statistics Netherlands. He told Radio 1 to find the "sad news" that the total number of Dutch vintage cars has decreased. Van Embden: “The scheme was once presented from an environmental and financial point of view. Extra money had to come into the drawer. Another reason was the prevention of pollution. But you now see an increase in the number of cars in our country forty years and older. From that perspective, the fleet is therefore not greened. ”Van Embden also briefly addressed the European idea. "We really want to keep politics moving in order to eventually reach the internationally accepted classic border of 30 years."

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