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Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to his answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 959W, on motor vehicles: foreigners, what steps his Department takes to enforce compliance with the requirement to re-register foreign-registered cars after six months of using UK roads. (281398)

[holding answer 19 June 2009]: The Department for Transport operates a strategy of education, warning and direct enforcement to help compliance with the requirement to re-register foreign vehicles after six months using UK roads. Education activities have involved presentations to community leaders, articles in the media, the issue of information leaflets and warning notices placed on vehicle windscreens. At the point a warning is delivered the vehicle details will be recorded. This allows the length of time a vehicle is likely to have been circulating in the UK to be calculated. If a foreign registered vehicle is believed to have been in the UK for more than six months, the police or local authorities with devolved authority or NSL Ltd. have the power to wheel clamp and impound unlicensed vehicles.