The SVAO: Dedicated to the protection and preservation of Specialty Vehicles
Pro Rata License Billing
Specialty Vehicle Licensing by Bruce Stewart - SVAO
This Emission Testing - What It Is All About by Bob Patterson
Drive Clean by Bruce Stewart - SVAO
SVAO MEMBERSHIP 1998-1999: BUSINESSES CLUBS
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Note: The SVAO is actively pursuing methods of having car clubs do safety checks on their vehicles and, while we have had input from some clubs on their views, we would most certainly like to hear from other clubs on their views of how such a process could work, should work, or if they feel it is not workable - what do you see as the barriers to such a program.
This is a bit of a commercial (infomercial??) - I was going to leave this message at the end of this article but that seemed a bit too much like a bad TV strategy. Here it comes! Roy Beebe, of the Model A Club, has, for a number of months, been our primary contact with Provincial and State governments in North America. We need more volunteers to communicate and follow up a few issues that are currently, or soon will be, of interest to SVAO and our community with governments, other collector car groups and the world at large.
of interest are:
Volunteers should be:
Whillans received a fax from a club member regarding the licensing of Ontario's
vehicles. The fax consisted of a copy of a memo sent to licensing offices by MTO
stating that Ontario's pro-rata license fee was discontinued effective March 1,
1999. Word of this change has sped through the community and we all have been
getting a lot of telephone calls and emails on the subject. At our March 9 meeting
with MTO officials we were informed that this is not the case. Pro-rata billing
for licenses is still allowed - at least for now!to table of contents
Having spent the better part of the last month on the email trail with members of the collector car community ranging from Seattle, Vancouver and Sacramento in the west to Arlington, Virginia and rural New York city in the east, I have discovered that the problem exists throughout the continent - we'll assume that there are the requisite number of philistines present in Mexico - equal opportunity and politically correct at every turn - that's us.
The cause for all the commotion was the following item which is reprinted, in part, from the Specialty Vehicle Association of British Columbia's newsletter and should be of interest to all of us. While this item has been somewhat abridged, we have the full version at hand should anyone be in a position to present it to authorities.
NOT MANY WANT TO LIVE NEXT TO A JUNKYARD DOG!!!!!!!!! BUT MANY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHO HAVE ENACTED BY-LAWS WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS OF CONTROLLING THE JUNKYARD DOG, DO THREATEN THE LEGITIMATE HOBBYIST.
OUR FRIENDS IN WASHINGTON STATE ARE AT THE FOREFRONT AS WATCHDOGS OF THE ABUSE OF SUCH BYLAWS.
The Washington Car Club Council (Washington State not DC) was instrumental in having legislation introduced to the state legislature to fight for us old car guys.
ACT Relating to zoning for hobby vehicles;
(1) A municipality
may not adopt or implement
A licence is essentially a tax on road usage and in fact, licence fees in many jurisdictions were instituted and justified on the basis that they formed a large part of the cost of road and highway building and maintenance - just like gasoline taxes! A number of organizations are attempting to have gasoline taxes earmarked for highways - why not licence fees also? But that is a fight for another group at another time.
Insofar as the average collector car is driven about 800 miles per year (that costs you 10 cents per mile just for your licence) - you can figure it out in kilometers - we pay an inordinate amount for the use of our toys. The objects of our meetings with MTO, therefore, are:
· to lower our license costs and,
hence, our cost per mile of operation.
this end, a number of suggestions cum requests have been made to the ministry.
In many jurisdictions antique or historical plates are issued when the vehicle is over 25 years, rather than 30 years, as in Ontario. We understand that the provinces and territories are split fairly evenly with respect to the 25 vs 30 year limit and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has requested that the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators investigate standardizing this limit across the country.
Many jurisdictions do not require annual validations of antique or historical vehicle licences. Much like small trailer licences in Ontario, the plates are issued for the duration of time that the vehicle remains in the possession of the owner and that the vehicle conforms to the usage restrictions placed on antique or historical vehicles. We have asked that the current annual validation of Ontario's Historical plates either be carried out at no cost or discontinued.
Historical plates are too restrictive for an owner who desires to drive their collector vehicle and, although we are not really supposed to recognize the fact, historical plates are open to a lot of abuse. We feel that MTO should strictly enforce the regulations. The institution of Historical licence plates resulted from a great deal of work by a number of members of our community and abusing the plates does a disservice to the endeavors of these people. We have also requested that the Historical Vehicle regulations be amended to allow vehicle modifications made specifically for safety and/or environmental reasons.
Year of Manufacture Plates
A number of "old car" owners (as differentiated from "old" car owners) - feel that the use of a licence plate of the same year as the vehicle was manufactured would add authenticity to the vehicle. While year of manufacture plates are used in a number of jurisdictions and their use may eventually be allowed in Ontario, convincing MOT and working out the details will take years rather than months. One seemingly insignificant snag to using these plates is the fact that the Highway Traffic Act makes it unlawful to restore plates. Ongoing discussions will, no doubt, present a number of problems that must be solved before these collectors can be accommodated.
Any request for changes to the regulations
regarding regular plates would, of course, impact every vehicle in Ontario. This
is not and never was our intention.
We recently disseminated information received from MTO regarding joint plate ownership as a means of choosing an expiry date for your plate validation. Unfortunately, not all licensing offices are familiar with the mechanics of this transaction and delays on Ray Spencer's use of this procedure prompted us to ask MTO to issue instructions for the procedure. The bad part of Ray's changing his plate was the time and hassle of getting the job done - the good part is that everyone in the licence office now knows him when he goes there!
British Columbia has provision for a "Collector" plate. Over 10,000 vehicles are currently licensed in this manner; the plate being less restrictive than regular licensing but less restrictive than an Antique or Historical Plate. Ontario needs a collector plate. Our vehicles are part of our Province's heritage. Many are donated or left to museums by their owners (i.e. Bud MacDougald's cars were left to the Oshawa Museum) but too many are being lost to Ontario (i.e. Bernie Aaron's Deusey).
following guidelines or restrictions have been suggested for the issuing of a
Collec-tor Plate in Ontario.
Administrative and organizational problems negate the issuing of a new and totally unique plate by MTO at this time. While this might be possible in the long run, it is doubtful as the proliferation of plate types creates a multitude of problems for the ministry and for licence issuers.
It has been suggested
that we might be able to receive all of the benefits of a collector plate with
a modified version of the province's graphic plate that you have all seen with
Blue Jay or Hamilton Tiger Cat logos. Unfortunately we have not, as yet, seen
a proposal that provides any kind of solution. Discussions with MTO officials
Smog, a word formed by combining smoke and fog, really is a combination of ozone, many other chemicals, particulates, organic and metallic compounds. The basic ingredients are:
Ozone - A colorless gas produced through photo chemical action on hydro carbons
and nitrogen oxides. It is responsible for much of the crop losses to agriculture.
Ozone is the catalyst which binds these contributors together using photochemical action of the sun creating smog. This dirty air can only be dispersed by wind or rain (acid rain). With no air movement it may be held over a region for considerable time causing respiratory problems, food crop contamination and affect water quality. Burning 100 gallons of gasoline creates 2 pounds of hydro carbons, volatile organic compounds and sulphur.
In earlier days coal and wood fires used for heating was thought to be acceptable. Some people in the last century attempted to establish smoke control bylaws. In London, England in December 1952, 4000 people died in 5 days due to a killer fog that settled over the city. In America, the eastern seaboard was becoming unbearable. In the early 50's Harry Truman called for a nationwide technical conference that developed into the EPA. Canada followed their lead with the Ministry of the Environment.
Our Ontario Ministry funded the Clear Air Motor Vehicle Emission Inspection Facility. Their job was to establish guidelines for testing. The SVAO worked to establish a rapport with their advisory board in order to provide input to the inevitable. Having had contacts with other provinces and states we knew many of the trials and tribulations of fellow car enthusiasts. We know why this testing is not working the way the politicians say it will. We know the tricks to beat the analyzer (clean for a day, you don't say!). Will there be rogue technicians? How long will this testing be viable? Auto manufacturers have been forced to reduce emissions over the years for the internal combustion engine. Now we progress into hybrids - gas/electric, turbine/electric, hydrogen. Will this test equipment be viable then?
automobile manufacturers have been pushed to clean up their end. The fuel standards
need to change. Why has our government given the oil industry until 2005 to improve
their quality? Comparisons within North America would certainly handicap Ontario
test results and indicate the failure of your vehicle may be due to the government
not doing its job. There are many questions for the politicians - keep asking
them! Clean air is the goal we all wish to attain. Take an active roll on this
issue. Send your faxes and emails to the Ministry of the Environment and send
us a copy.
SANE(!) AirCare IN ONTARIO VEHICLES OVER 20 YEARS
Ontario's program is administered by ProtectAir, a private company that was the successful bidder on contracts covering Training, QA/QC and Information System(s). ProtectAir was the best prepared for Ontario's program and ministry personnel will be working closely with them and with other contractors to ensure that the program operates in a fair and equitable manner.
will I know if the test results and the repairs are fair?
is looking out for me, the car owner?
NOTE: SVAO has asked for and has been told that it will be represented on this board.
vehicle "fails" how much will it cost?
What is this repair cost limit?
NOTE: The bold text emphasis in the preceding article is by the SVAO - not the ministry's.
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