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Posted by maybejune - Created: 4 years ago
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Posted by bandy - 4 years ago

Whilst, as said, re-registering in France may seem the most logical answer, contrary to Hillhead's comment, it is very much illegal for a UK resident to drive a foreign registered car in the UK, so the vehicle would really have to stay over here in France.

In fact there has recently been a big crackdown in the UK on people driving foreign registered vehicles. In addition to the EU regulations on this matter, the UK RTA also forbids it to prevent everyone simply driving a foreign registered vehicle to avoid UK Road Tax. !

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Posted by NellP-986196 - 4 years ago

Another sensible post that proves all the scaremongers wrong!  Things have changed over the past few years and the process is now much easier.  Admittedly it took us a year to register our  MH in France but that was, as I said in an earlier post, down to the manufacturer not registering their brand with the WVTA authority, even that was overcome with a couple of phone calls and a few months wait.  We are off next week for our fourth "Grand Voyage" ,  2 months away visiting Eastern Europe, happy in the knowledge that we are totally legal and fully insured.  Go for it, register it in France, travel and make use of the wonderful motorhome Aires throughout France & Europe, enjoy!

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Posted by ardlieinit - 4 years ago

Hi there, If you are the orriginal owner and you have all the relevent paperwork for the habitation side, you should have a certificate of conformity for the gas and electrics, so this is not a problem, you will probably need one for the base vehicle, you will need to get a ct done, so even if the vehicle is sorn, you can get a appointment from your local station, and this will be o.k to drive to and from the c.t station. You will also need to visit the impots to get a certificate of import, which is free, we had no problems with our 2002 camper, we didn't have to have gas or electric checks, but we did have a makers certificate with our paperwork, if you haven't you could contact the manufactorer, they may be able to send you a copy.

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Posted by NellP-986196 - 4 years ago

Maybejune, one benefit of keeping it at your maison secondaire ( on French plates of course) is the money you will save by not having to travel over by ferry with it every time you want to use it on this side of the Channel!  Not cheap to bring a motorhome over!

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Posted by hillhead - 4 years ago

Well I was responding to the post above mine in case the OP was considering all his options and wondering about keeping a UK registration, in which case he would need to legailise the vehicle.

As has already been pointed out, if a vehicle is registered in France a UK resident is not allowed to drive it in the UK. It isn't actually illegal in itself, the offence is driving without tax or MOT. The onus is on the drive to prove to plod that they are actually resident in France.

 

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Posted by Foxie-986308 - 4 years ago

as suziepops pointed out - a SORNd vehicle has to  kept off the road in the UK, and the concession about driving without tax or MOT is that you are allowed drive a vehicle from where it's been kept to the MOT station and back. If a uniform was feeling that way out, they would be entitled ask you where you had started your journey from ie where the vehicle had been kept, and if the conversation was taking place in the customs shed at Dover, say, and you'd been plucked out of the line of vehicles having just exited the ferry, well you'd be a bit limited on what answers you could plausibly give?

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Posted by derekp-1001736 - 4 years ago

Hillhead so we know that he wants to drive in France what has uk rules to do with it???

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Posted by derekp-1001736 - 4 years ago

It is very simple take your pick a vehicle is either totally legal in UK or totally legal in France you cannot mix and match. Either car can be driven in either country if fully legal to drive in the country of registration. You cannot drive any car on a sorn it means the car is not on the road in UK and it is very illegal to drive a uk car in France which is declared off road in UK. Simple answer is get it registered see the info on this site. Just because you are from UK you cannot make your own laws  only the French laws apply in France not UK laws or yours. So ITS NOT POSSIBLE.

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Posted by suziepops - 4 years ago

Taken from the gov website.

 

Your vehicle must be in and remain in Great Britain for your SORN to be valid.

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Posted by hillhead - 4 years ago

You can drive an untaxed vehicle on uk roads if you are driving to or from a licensed station for a pre-arranged MOT, vehicle identity check, or weight or emissions test., so as long as you arrange one before yuo travel at a garage close to the ferry terminal you ought to be ok.

https://www.gov.uk/sorn-statutory-off-road-notification