Special Feature: Save Wedding Cars from Extinction
Find out what is threatening the closure of many wedding car businesses and understand why prices for wedding cars may eventually be incredibly expensive.
*This article was provided by Suzie Goodman, Owner of Karma Kars Cotswold, Gloucestershire.
When couples decide to get married there's so much to think about; venue, photographer, dress, flowers, cars - the list goes on and on. Up until now, it always been a given that in this country, there's a vast array of vintage and classic wedding cars to choose from. However, that's all about to change if the Government's new proposed laws go through.
Currently as it stands, wedding (and funeral) cars are exempt from the same rules and regulations that taxis and private hire vehicles have to obey. This is why there is a plenitude of cars from the very old and rare to the unusual and quirky - like Goa Sunset, owned by Karma Kars Cotswold. Just like mine, these beautiful cars are often owned by individuals or small businesses who hire them out as wedding cars. We are passionate about our cars and see wedding hire as a way of helping with the running costs, to keep our prized possessions on the road for all to see and enjoy.
The Law Commissions proposals, which are currently out to consultation until August, would see wedding cars come under the same strict licensing and emissions tests as taxis, costing around £650 per year per car. It will basically be a death knell for the vintage wedding car industry and in a few years time, what classic cars are left will be few and far between and hugely expensive to hire.
Photo by Karma Kars Cotswold
You can help Goa Sunset and cars just like her from disappearing forever by doing at least one of the following:
- Signing the e-petition on the website, GoPetition and looking for the petition "Save Classic Wedding Cars from Extinction".
- Emailing your views direct to The Law Commission.
- Writing to your MP.
- Sharing this article.
Photo 1 & 2: Karma Kars Cotswold
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