Brexit rules have created a ‘huge amount of red tape’ for classic car owners

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Malcolm McKay, spokesperson for the Historic and Classic Vehicle Association said transporting cars to the EU was now tougher which was putting many people off travelling. He suggested that the classic car industry “hadn’t thought through” the difficulties of dealing with different borders as the UK left the common bloc.

However, he claims new rules could be “streamlined” to maintain demand for classic car travel as restrictions begin to ease this summer.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Mckay said: “Now we are out of the EU there are 26 potential different borders to cross and different ways of dealing with the different nations.

“Certainly I don’t think the classic car industry had thought that through and was prepared for it.

“There is a huge amount of red tape and paperwork and there is the potential to streamline it I’m sure.

“In a sense, it was inevitable because that was the existing situation with moving vehicles from the UK to countries that weren’t part of the EU in the past.

“But because of the special relationship we had for so long with the EU I think everyone rather thought it would be raider than it is now.

“It’s caused a lot of problems.”

Earlier this year, experts at Hagerty warned classic car owners transporting their car across borders would face difficulties.

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They warned this would make the car a type of “goods” which would require drivers to secure an Access/Temporary Access Carnet.

This ATA Carnet acts as a passport for goods that guarantees the items will not disappear when they enter the country.

Hagerty warns specialist finance companies will offer to pay the costs in exchange for a set fee which makes this “fairly affordable” for owners.

However, owners of expensive classics could be forced to pay many thousands of pounds” to embark on a tour.

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