Still, it's time to decide. Oldtimers are gaining more and more fans: they are loved by the president, the prime minister and ordinary citizens. By the way, in Western Europe this is not a hobby of millionaires at all, but a massive interest in technology. Everyone who wants to join this movement will find their own car, not necessarily from among fabulously expensive. Legislation in this area is based on a simple postulate: oldtimers are monuments of technical culture. But - moving! And this is an indispensable condition.
Our position of owners and restorers of old cars is constantly uncertain. At one time, they demanded that oldtimers comply with Euro-2 standards. Today this does not apply to cars older than 30 years - thanks to the most influential Russian collectors! Now we are frightened by the technical requirements, which generally prohibit oldtimers from driving on public roads. Well, it all starts with crazy customs duties. To import the 21st Volga into the homeland will cost about 150, 000 rubles, while abroad it is cheaper to buy such a car in good condition. Well, the customs clearance of American models with multi-liter engines requires astronomical amounts. People get out as they can - I will not list all the ways. But it is no secret that one of the most popular is the import of a car in the status of the so-called cultural value. You can own it, but they do not give TCP, which means you can’t ride. But since this, strictly speaking, is not a car, traffic police are at an impasse: what to do with this “non-vehicle” and its driver?
So is cultural value or not? Maybe stop hypocritical and admit that all retro cars, preserved in an authentic state or brought to that by the hands of restorers, are worth? All of them have the right to a decent life. By the way, even motor vehicles of the beginning of the last (!) Century take part in European retro rally - with brakes and other technical achievements of that time. Note that the accident rate there is much lower and the air, by the way, is cleaner. Of course, today we have every day - new laws with prohibitions, taxes and fines. I would venture to offer my option for a car older than 30 years old - logical and fair.
1. Reduce customs duties ten (yes, yes!) Times. I think that as a result, the state will receive more, including from participants and visitors to exhibitions, festivals, and rallies.
2. Inspection - obligatory and strict. But experts who determine its compliance with the original should take part in the inspection of the old car. Then the car can get the right to drive on the road. Custom and hot births are a separate song.
3. In some European countries, retro cars are generally removed from the list of taxable items. In any case, their tax should not be a luxury tax. After all, the state, thank God, does not try to make money on old books, paintings or phonograph records. By the way, the price of many "expensive" cars is quite comparable to the cost of ordinary summer cottages near Moscow, which many do not consider luxury.
4. Insurance and license plates should correspond to the pace of life of oldtimers.