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CORONAVIRUS: General advice to clubs from the FBHVC

Published: 18/05/2020

The FBHVC is committed to following and passing on the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings pertinent to our member clubs.

General Advice

The latest advice from the government now states that non-essential travel in England (but not Scotland or Wales) is now allowed. Non key workers are now permitted to drive as far as we feel necessary for work and for exercise.

However, public gatherings of more than two people are not allowed and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules. 

At the current time, the FBHVC strongly advises all member clubs to continue to cancel all activities outdoors and refrain from road runs, convoys or any other meet ups in groups until July at the earliest provisional date.

Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys – the UK Government states clearly that we must not meet more than one other person from outside our household. It is important that large groups of classic vehicle owners do not gather in parks, or places of natural beauty. By all means, use your historic vehicle individually, to drive to the shops or go out for exercise, but only individually.

Please remember, as clubs, individuals and organisations, we are all ambassadors for the historic vehicle scene as a whole.

Furthermore, Motorsport UK have suspended all permits in the UK until July, so any convoy or road run with a pre-determined route or start/end point would be considered illegal and will not be insured.

At this moment in time, the FBHVC feels that it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade historic vehicles through the streets and country lanes in groups when many people are still in lockdown within their homes or experiencing hardship or the loss of loved ones. The time will come, soon we hope, but it is not yet.

The FBHVC sees no reason not to use your historic vehicle individually, as long as it is safe to do so. Perhaps a trip to the supermarket or to exercise will stretch its legs. 

The latest advice, issued 13th May 2020, urges common sense around taking any car out for leisure drives. It’s vitally important that FBHVC members drive with caution, as lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet changed their advice of ‘Stay Home’, but residents of England have been told to simply ‘Stay Alert’.

Key points :

  • The pandemic is NOT over.  The lives of our families and friends are still at risk. 
  • Check your vehicle over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes. 
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • If you previously declared your historic vehicle as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road. Where applicable. 
  • If you didn’t renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away. 
  • If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT?  The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020.
  • From England, do not drive across the Scottish and Welsh borders unless necessary, as currently those countries are yet to change their rules.
  • If you begin to display any new symptoms. Please self-isolate immediately and consult the NHS advice below. 
  • For NHS information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • For more information on COVID-19 visit www.who.int
  • To view UK Government advice visit: www.gov.uk

Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with FBHVC members if the situation develops.

Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.

Reach out

We have a number of elderly members amongst our clubs. If you know of any in your region , why not drop them an email or give them a call to chat historic vehicles for a while and make sure they have all they need. For those with underlying health issues, the duration of the pandemic is likely to be a long and potentially lonely time and this is an ideal time for our community to pull together. 

Many clubs are utlising tools like Whatsapp groups and Zoom conference calls to hold 'virtual' regional meetings - why not give it a try? There is a plethora of guidance availble on the internet, but we found this helpful guide to using Zoom particularly useful. 

Offices and club-houses.

The current guidance reccomends that club staff and volunteers should work for home where possible and that HQs and club houses be restricted to essential staff and closed to visitors. 

Motorsport UK latest guidance (18/5/2020)

Motorsport UK  has announced plans as to how it proposes restarting motorsport across its eleven sporting disciplines.

Motorsport is currently suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020. Although it is understood there will continue to be levels of government restrictions and social distancing in place for a considerable period, Motorsport UK has been considering how to restart the sport, within the parameters set out by government and healthcare authorities.

Significant planning has taken place involving consultation with stakeholders from across the sport and Motorsport UK’s specialist committees, to conceive how the sport can be restarted at the appropriate time, while adhering to the government’s prevailing guidelines.

Read more here.

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