Banning vintage from our cities? We say no way!

The Scottish Parliament are currently reviewing the Transport (Scotland) Bill which introduces a ban on the movement and storage of historic vehicles which do not meet pollution and fuel efficiency standards in Scottish cities. The proposal is to do this through the introduction of Low Emissions Zones (LEZs).

The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club take this very seriously, considering the detrimental impact to our movement and wider community of vintage enthusiasts would be unthinkable. Although supportive of the Bill in general, we are taking action to ask our MSPs to support us in introducing an exemption clause for vehicles which fall under the “historic vehicle” taxation class.

The club will write a formal plea on behalf of the committee and our members to our MSPs in the North East of Scotland, asking them to back the proposed amendment to the bill to support and protect the longevity of our clubs mission.

We continue to liaise closely with other clubs in the UK and particularly want to thank the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs (FBHVC) for their due diligence and raising awareness on this matter.

If you are a resident in Scotland, you too can get involved by lobbying your local MSP. However, time is running out and the deadline is Tuesday 4th June ahead of the next discussion on the Bill.

Click the below PDF for more information from the FBHVC.

Listen online!

Recently, committee members Leanne and Jamie took part in a live interview at Grampian Hospital Radio. The show, aptly named A Touch of Tartan, is broadcast throughout Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Roxburgh House and is available online across the world via TuneIn radio.

Did you miss it? Don’t worry if you did, we’ve shared this for you below so you can listen now!

If you want to find out more about Grampian Hospital Radio – check our their website at http://www.ghr.org.uk

And why not follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/GrampianHospitalRadio/

On the radio

This Tuesday 21st May, committee members from the club will take to the airwaves on Grampian Hospital Radio to discuss the club’s activities in general and the steam fair in particular. The interview will be broadcast from around 7.20pm on the stations’ A Touch of Tartan programme.

You can listen via the Tunein radio app or website. We also hope to be able to bring the interview to you live via Facebook. Just click on the link below and be sure to tune in!

Grampian Hospital Radio is a local charity based in Aberdeen City Hospital which provides entertainment to the patients of NHS Grampian. The station is proud to support the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club and will be providing a disco for exhibitors in the evening at the steam fair.

If you are interesting in learning more about the great work the volunteers at the radio do to support our patients you can find out more on their website at http://www.ghr.org.uk or their Facebook page at http://facebook.com/GrampianHospitalRadio/

Here is a photo from a few members of the committee taking part last year.