Originally Posted by rsuttling
Thank you for the info. I will check it out.
Something that overseas visitors are not necessarily aware of when considering buying a U.K. registered vehicle for short term travel, is that all vehicles including bikes must be registered to the keeper at a U.K. permanent address within one month of purchase, and you have to prove residence at that address. The DVLA can easily check your residential status when you send in the V5 registration document for change of ownership. This is all linked into insurance as well. If you aren't shown as the registered keeper of the vehicle on the V5 reg doc, you probably won't get any cover, and you certainly won't get 'green card ' cover for European travel. It is illegal to travel in continental Europe without full correct documentation with you.
The laws have been tightened up considerably and all the U.K. systems for registration, MOT ( safety testing), insurance and licencing are linked by a sophisticated computer network.
It's not as relaxed as it used to be, and it's very easy to get caught now with the automatic number plate recognition system (ANPR) which shows the police immediately and automatically any vehicles which aren't legally on the road. In many cases vehicles have been seized on the spot and sometimes destroyed afterwards, depending on the offense.
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