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Old 03 September 2006, 16:24   #1
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Temporary car registration ??

As we are picking up our MG in Birmingham next Monday and so far we have been thinking of taking her on trailer to Immingham.

I was wondering if similar system are in UK as in Germany when we bought the Trabant we could have temporary registration, taxes (MOT) and insurance for two weeks as I drove her from Berlin to Aarhus in Denmark.

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Old 03 September 2006, 16:50   #2
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You won#t get a temporary MOT. however you can insure a vehicle for a short time even without tax and insurance. I believe you can drive a vehicle to an MOT station withou tax or MOT for testing.(but you can't drive it back if it fails. why don't yp book an MOT in te ferry port

I am not an expert on this so i shall wait to be corrected
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Never mind tax and insurance, I would get some breakdown cover
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Old 03 September 2006, 16:54   #4
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All I am thinking of like we did in Germany is to drive from Birmingham location to port Immingham where the MG and AC will put into container for voyage to their new home here in Iceland.

As the seller is of old school and very precise and will not accept us driving her without proper coverage on the road (also I don´t want to spoil our friendship which goes long way back).

Both Jón Baldur and Ingi Björn wants to drive their new "baby" in the homeland of MG before she leaves UK for good.

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Old 03 September 2006, 16:58   #5
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Never mind tax and insurance, I would get some breakdown cover
Yeh and don't worry if you get caught by the bill, they'll only give you a £50 fine and probably pay for a holiday in Iceland for you .
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Sorry, but no "temp Reg" in the UK as Germany , Belgium etc,,

Am guessing its all up and running ok ??

You can not tax in the UK, without a UK address,,

If you wanted to have that "first" drive,home, over here, and be legal, you would need to tax the vehicle (min 6 months then surrender) , try talking the current owner into doing this for you, and also get him to MOT it, this should not be a problem,

Would have thought your own insurance company, could cover you in the Uk for a short period,
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Yeh and don't worry if you get caught by the bill, they'll only give you a £50 fine and probably pay for a holiday in Iceland for you .
So only value of 6 pints of Guinnes at Dubliners in Reykjavik

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Sorry, but no "temp Reg" in the UK as Germany , Belgium etc,,

Am guessing its all up and running ok ??

You can not tax in the UK, without a UK address,,

If you wanted to have that "first" drive,home, over here, and be legal, you would need to tax the vehicle (min 6 months then surrender) , try talking the current owner into doing this for you, and also get him to MOT it, this should not be a problem,

Would have thought your own insurance company, could cover you in the Uk for a short period,
Sad to learn..........

Shouldn´t be problem with my insurance company to publish "green card" for UK but will check with the seller....... but afraid it will be difficult.

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The easiest way would be to get the seller to Tax and MOT it. They are in the country and have all the necessary documents to do it. It would be much more hassle for you to do it. It's not particularly expensive.

Your insurance should cover you in the UK.

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Just stick Icelandic plates on it - the ANPR cameras would have a fit - foreign registrations aren't linked in. The Police wouldn't want to know as it's too much paperwork.
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@codprawn: that's what I did with my Dutch plates when I collected the English Scorpion and trailer in 2005. Drove it to Dover, on to the ferry and back home to Holland. I knew it wasn't all that legal, but I made it.
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Just stick Icelandic plates on it - the ANPR cameras would have a fit - foreign registrations aren't linked in. The Police wouldn't want to know as it's too much paperwork.
Would be odd as whole Europe drives on the left so having foreign plates on UK vheicle should made cops suspicious..............

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Bogi,
I don't think there is a way to do this legally in the UK with the exception of the current owner doing it for you.
Is it possible that you can do the paperwork transfer now just as you would when you get the vehicle home or do you have to physically produce the vehicle first?
As you say you have your Greencard insurance, your licence is valid and as an Icelandic registered vehicle it is exempt from UK MOT and Excise licence.
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Would be odd as whole Europe drives on the left so having foreign plates on UK vheicle should made cops suspicious..............

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Mate of mine has a left hand drive E type on British plates - same difference!!!

Anyway start jabbering away in Icelandic and they will soon bugger off and bother someone else!!!
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Mate of mine has a left hand drive E type on British plates - same difference!!!

Anyway start jabbering away in Icelandic and they will soon bugger off and bother someone else!!!
its not the same. A LH drive kept here for over a year has to be UK registerred - so wouldn't raise any suspicion. A RH drive might (although I think Bogi is overestimating the observation skills of the average bobby!) raise suspicion - as essentially it would have to have been exported to iceland, and then brought back here again.

Not sure what the big issue is: MoT will cost about £30 (£20 if you know where to go). Tax will cost about £80 for six months - but 5/6 of this will be refunded when you surrender it. Insurance on greencard. Vendor should be happy to organise both if you give him the cash. All probably a lot less than hiring a trailer.
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Would be odd as whole Europe drives on the left so having foreign plates on UK vheicle should made cops suspicious..............

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Right. And we actually see Police on the roads doing Police work. Not very often in the UK. They've been replaced with jobsworths in Rangerovers with black and yellow squares that just attend vehicles that have broken down on the motorway. Got no powers cost us a fair bit in tax and ponce about in yellow jackets. Nice one Labour.

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when we bought the Trabant

Must have been really desparate??
Back on subject- I believe you can get UK " transit' plates- which permit you to ride around on Uk roads without paying tax for ( how long I dont know)??

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when we bought the Trabant

Must have been really desparate??
Back on subject- I believe you can get UK " transit' plates- which permit you to ride around on Uk roads without paying tax for ( how long I dont know)??

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I think your refering to 'trade plates' Jonathan, the white plates with the red lettering and numbers, don't think they can be used in this instance, typically they are used by the motor trade for moving vehicles from the factory to the dealer. They do still have to pay for the plate, it comes with its own VEL attached.
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They do still have to pay for the plate, it comes with its own VEL attached.
Indeed - a friend once told me a nice story of a green copper about to book him for not having a road tax disk until it was pointed out the vehicle had trade plates.
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Woww if what I have experianced today over the phone (long distance - from abroad) is how your authority offices works I wouldn´t realy need to deal a lot with the authorities........ no answers sent from one person to another..... then from one office to the next......... from one city to another and matter a fact I am in same steps as I made the first call.

Will give it a last try tomorrow.

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