Just a reminder, Dennis O, that one cold winter does not disprove the absolute scientifically proven fact of global warming. It is really dangerous to allow ourselves to believe that it is not happening, and even though we know that the very little we can contribute is a drop in the ocean, at least it is a step towards public awareness of the situation. I'm writing with my own carbon footprint being huge (four children and three of them flew to Corfu for Christmas) so I have an awful lot of re-cycling and car-sharing to do to rectify my sins!
Message posted by Bill on 26áDecemberá2009 at 11:48am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by jrk on 25áDecemberá2009
Rocky and Bill.
The police in the UK would look up the data base and this would tell them if the car was insured, mot taxes etc and your addess. So they would have it all there, so no way of getting away with it.
So not the sames as greece................
So what you're saying is if I'm on holiday in England, (or Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), driving my Greek registered, taxed, MOTd and insurance covered vehicle, and get stopped by the local police, then discover I've left my documents in my suitcase at my hotel, the police will be able to use the national databases to check the legitimacy of me and my vehicle. My my, how technology has progressed recently. I thought they could only check on UK registered vehicles, just goes to prove how wrong I can me.
From what Jan has said, it seems that the Greek authorities are a little more on the ball than some people might think when it comes to the legitimacy of vehicles here...
This whole thing is a pretty silly argument anyway. (I don't mean your comment Jan!) Irrespective of nationality, if you intend to drive in any country you should ensure you are driving a road legal vehicle, have the relevant licence and insurance, and respect the rules of the road which is what the original poster was asking about. If you chose not to remain legit and you get caught, tough.
If you would like accurate information about car importations, driving licences and any other related queries the FCO suggest you contact the relevant authority on Corfu and offer these contact numbers:
For importation of British registered cars please contact the Local Customs Authorities (tel: 0030 26610 26310, 39392, 48059)
For the exchange of a British Driving Licence for a Greek one, please contact the local Ministry of Transport department (tel: 0030 26610 47758, 47476, 47782)
You may contact the Greek Citizenĺs Advice Bureau at telephone 0030 26610 89211, 89213.
Message posted by jrk on 26áDecemberá2009 at 12:24pm - IP Logged
Yes the phone numbers may be useful
although officialdom does not allow you to read
between the lines.
My experience of trying to get info from
the Greek office in London was somewhat
anyway have a happy and gay festive
Message posted by alexmac on 26áDecemberá2009 at 6:44pm - IP Logged
There is a lot to be said for going illegal. I personally am not but at every turn I think the average Greek is taking the mickey why should the brits be any differant. Car insurance in this part of the world is a great little earner for Greek insurance companies, mega high premiums and no risk. They never pay out and certanly not to a none Greek
Message posted by Daniel&Sylvie on 26áDecemberá2009 at 6:46pm - IP Logged
I agree that any car (foreign or Greek registered) should be tested, taxed, and above all insured.
The 6 month period is an EU rule instated to protect countries with excessive road and/or purchase taxes on cars. It prevents people from shopping abroad for cars. Such rule is a violation of the common market principle.
Some will say there's also an administrative reason: cars should be registered and taxed in the country of use. That would be a fair argument if there were no obstacles or unreasonable charges to transferring car registrations to another country. But Greece is contineously fined by the EU for imposing unfair import charges (now disguised as registration fees) on owned cars.
In view of this, I think one shouldn't feel too guilty about driving a foreign registered, properly tested, taxed and insured car in Greece for longer than 6 months. Yes, formally it is not legal, but only in relation to rules that are very questionable in the first place. Daniel
Message posted by Graham T-A on 26áDecemberá2009 at 6:58pm - IP Logged
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