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VEHICLES : MEPS CALL FOR SIMPLIFIED CROSS-BORDER REGISTRATION PROCEDURES.

IMCO backs a proposed regulation that would facilitate the transfer of registered vehicles within the EU

On 18 March, the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market (IMCO) approved a report by Toine Manders (ALDE, Netherlands) calling for the registration of vehicles in another EU member state to be made easier and faster. The text is Parliament's response to a regulation proposed by the European Commission in April 2012. It states that citizens who move to another country must register their motor vehicle in the member state where the owner has his or her "habitual residence" within three months, or within one month if it is possible to register online.

Different requirements within each national system create obstacles to the internal market and red tape for Europeans, therefore MEPs have said that the authorities responsible for vehicle registration should collect the necessary technical information directly from the state of origin. A cooperation measure will allow for the consultation of national registers, and EUCARIS, the European car and driving license information system, which is already working in most member states, should be extended.

MEPs also say that the member states should recognise each other's roadworthiness test certificates. In addition, the states should have the option of requiring civil liability insurance as a precondition of vehicle registration.

The report will be submitted to vote in plenary in April.

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Title Annotation:Member of the European Parliament
Publication:European Report
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Date:Mar 20, 2014
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