The FEHAC too - logically - has since spoken out against the lifting of the Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption, relying on the results of the independent investigation they had carried out by TNO on the environmental impact of old-timers.
For example, the FEHAC stated that the contribution of the oldtimer to the pollution of the environment is negligible and the argument that the removal of the tax exemption will serve the environment will not hold. Because the contribution of vintage cars to pollution and CO2 emissions is negligible. Of all the kilometers traveled by passenger and commercial vehicles in the Netherlands, at most a quarter percent comes from old-timers (in the sense of heritage cherished by enthusiasts). Moreover, these vehicles hardly ever drive in the city or during rush hour.
FEHAC: “Unfortunately, old-timers have recently been put in a bad light by misinterpretation of a report issued by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Scientific, independent research that the FEHAC had previously carried out shows a completely different picture. Namely that the use of old-timers is so small that the achievement of the targets for reducing emissions of fine dust and nitrogen dioxide is not endangered by the sporadic use of old-timers. "
The FEHAC argues that it would be very unwise to end the road tax exemption for old-timers that has existed since 1994. The calculations made by the Centraal Plan Bureau on behalf of a number of political parties of the results of such a measure give a misleading picture of reality. After all, just as the CPB itself does not contradict, one did not take into account the huge number of vehicles that will be suspended or exported for a large part of the year.
Nor has the loss of tax revenues been included: less fuel duty, but especially less VAT and other revenues from the large old-timer economy. And companies will have to close or fire people. But the intangible loss may have to weigh even more. The pursuit of the hobby becomes very difficult or impossible for many, and many clubs and thus the social structures that have been built up with it will be lost.