Owners who are in the transitional arrangement for petrol vehicles are not allowed on public roads from 1 December 2019. The scheme is now known, but we nevertheless emphasize that its conditions will be up-to-date from Sunday.
Please note: the month of December 2019 is still covered by the current calendar year. This also applies if someone has made use of the transitional arrangement this year and wants to abandon the 2020 transitional arrangement. In that case, the owner may not use the public road in the current December month. The last month of this year is part of the 2019 tax period. This concerns vehicles with a date of first authorization from January 1 1979 to 1 January 1988. Those who are not yet in the transitional arrangement, but wish to make use of it in 2020, can apply for 31 December register with the tax authorities. In that case, the classic may not be on the road in January and February 2020, just as in December 2020. Parking on public property is also out of the question. More conditions apply.
Transitional arrangement and insurance: Minimum liability insurance
When the owner makes use of the transitional arrangement, the license plate of the vehicle is 'actively' registered with the RDW and the Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Act (WAM) is in force. As a result, you are obliged to keep the old-timer insured for at least third-party liability in the winter months concerned. The fact that the public road may not be used does not relieve the owner of the insurance obligation. At present, the WAM only has an exception for vehicles that are suspended.
Event arrangement in transitional arrangement
Those who use the transitional arrangement and continue it in 2019 may use the old-timer for a maximum of two days during the next three "restriction months". The event must be approved by the tax authorities and be notified by its organizer. For the purpose of the MOT inspection during the winter regulation, the vehicle may be used for a day to drive to and from the inspection station. This is not at the expense of the two days allowed.
Re-use the transitional arrangement? Pay 1 bill before January 2020, but prefer immediately
The Tax and Customs Administration says it has sent the invoices again in relation to the transitional arrangement. The invoices must be paid for 1 January 2020, the advice being given to pay the invoice a few weeks before the end of the year. Owners of a qualifying petrol-driven vehicle - which was first put into use on 1 January 1980 or later but before 1 January 1988 - are therefore eligible for the scheme next year. Then the owner pays an MRB rate of maximum € 127. The Tax and Customs Administration advises participants who have not yet received a bill mid-December to contact the Tax Phone Car.
2020: not on the road for three months and not public parking
In January, February and December 2020, the petrol vehicle is not allowed on the public road in the transitional arrangement. Parking in a public place is also out of the question. Diesel and LPG motor vehicles are - regardless of age - not eligible for the transitional arrangement. Owners pay the full rate for this, unless the license plate is suspended. Motor vehicles of forty years and older are exempt from MRB, regardless of fuel type.
For the first time, register the transitional arrangement for petrol vehicles
Owners who have not previously participated in the transitional arrangement for petrol vehicles - but want to do so - must register their vehicle with the Tax Authorities before 31 December. This also applies to the owners who did participate for 2019, but not in 2018. The Tax Authorities have the relevant forms for this online and available. Incidentally, the not yet participating owners of the vehicles eligible for the transitional arrangement have not received a tax assessment from the Tax Authorities.
Stop participating in the transitional arrangement for petrol vehicles?
If someone in 2020 no longer wants to participate in the scheme, then they do not have to pay the bill. In the course of January 2020 the owners in question will receive an invoice with the normal rate for the motor vehicle tax.
Parking with a full tank and the correct fuel. And other tips.
The correct fuel is of course the current issue this year. Because E10 has now become the norm for petrol vehicles, extra attention is required. The advice is to park the vehicle with a full tank of petrol (not being E10, but for example BP Ultimate or Shell V-Power). This way, oxygen gets less of a hold on the fuel and stays fresher. And that is better for the entire fuel system. It is also advisable to disconnect the battery and change the liquids after the storage period, because the oil attracts moisture when it is stationary. When changing after (for example) three months of standstill, the moisture is drained. Finally: put the tires on a higher pressure to prevent deformation during a longer standstill. It is of course also possible to reduce the pressure on the tires by relieving the load on the vehicle. Consider, for example, the use of trestles or axle supports.
You can find more information about the transitional arrangement at the website of the Tax Authorities. It describes, among other things, which vehicles are covered by the regulation.