Registration of vehicles

Roadworthiness must not be reduced

The European Union plans to facilitate the registration of vehicles that have already been registered in another Member State. The GDV appreciates this approach. However, the proposed amendments to national registration laws fail in achieving this objective, partly legally and partly with regard to contents.

To date the harmonization of national registration law was promoted by European directives. Directives provide the Member States with the necessary leeway to adapt them to their national particularities. There is no comprehensible need to deviate from this concept and to harmonise only a small section of the vehicle registration law by a European regulation.

The contents of the proposed rules are not always constructive. The regulation intends to simplify the purchase of a motor vehicle from and, respectively, its transfer to another Member State. However, the European consumer is not actually the focus of the proposed rules. Its objective is rather to facilitate the transfer of commercial vehicles to other Member States by minimizing the conditions for re-registration and assessments of roadworthiness. The respective rules buy this freedom of movement to the detriment of the current requirements for the control of roadworthiness and the mandatory Motor Third Party Liability (MTPL) insurance coverage.

Why are motor insurers affected?
The roadworthiness of a motor vehicle is an essential precondition for an insurer to provide MTPL insurance coverage. Decreasing the inspection requirements for roadworthiness means to increase the risk of road accidents. Furthermore, motor insurers are affected because the proposed regulation does not foresee the right for a Member State to deny re-registration in case a motor vehicle arriving from another Member State cannot be proven to have appropriate MTPL insurance coverage.

In the view of German motor insurers, there are thus significant arguments against the regulation proposal.

The GDV’s complete position paper is available in the download section.


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on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council simplifying the transfer of motor vehicles registered in another Member State within the Single Market