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EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES A NEW VEHICLE REGISTRATION REGULATION
In April the European Commission proposed a new vehicle registration Regulation designed to reduce the administrative burden caused by the need to re-register a vehicle if it/or the owner moves to another member state. The proposal states that re-registration for citizens who work in another EU country using a car registered by their employer will not need to re-register it and the administrative formalities for the re-registration within the EU of cars, vans, buses and trucks will be greatly simplified for those moving residence from one EU country to another and when purchasing a second hand car from another EU country. It will also become impossible to register a stolen car in another EU country.
The impact of the proposed Regulation will be that:
• Citizens who buy or sell a second-hand car in another EU country will not have to face additional technical controls and administrative problems.
• Citizens who spend part of the year in a holiday residence in another EU country will not have to re-register their car there.
• Citizens who move permanently to another EU country will have 6 months to re-register their car there.
• Citizens who work in another EU country and use a car registered by their employer there will no longer have to register it in their home country.
• Car-rental companies will be able to transfer cars to another EU country during the holiday periods without re-registration.
• For companies: cars, buses, vans and trucks should be registered in the EU country where the main office is established - other EU countries must accept this.
• It will become impossible to register a stolen car in another EU country as registration authorities will increasingly cooperate with each other.
• Many controls will be abolished altogether, with authorities getting any technical information they need about the car directly from their colleagues in the country where it is already registered.

The proposal has not addressed the (rare) problem faced when a historic vehicle has no documentation as is intended to be sold within the EU and therefore requires re-registration.
The proposal is now being examined by the European Parliament.

From FBHVC Newsletter

16 Jun 2012