The winter period within the transitional arrangement for vintage cars is over again. This means that owners of petrol vehicles, which fall under the 2021 regulation, can be back on the road from 1 March up to and including 30 November.
When a petrol passenger car, truck or motorcycle is first put into service on January 1, 1981 or later, but before January 1, 1988, it will be eligible for the scheme this year. The bill for the scheme must then already be paid in 2020. The owner pays maximum € 129 motor vehicle tax. In January and February, with the exception of a few event days and MOT driving tests, the vehicle was not allowed on the road in that case. Parking in a public place was also prohibited in the first two months of this calendar year.
Diesel and LPG
Diesel and LPG motor vehicles are - regardless of age - not eligible for the MRB 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.
December 2021 falls under the MRB transitional arrangement for the current period: the calendar year 2021. Then the vehicle - just like in January and February 2021 - is not allowed on the road. The same applies here: A public parking lot may not be used.
Not in control now? Then only next calendar year options
Those who do not make use of the motor vehicle tax transitional arrangement 2021, but would like to do so next year, can download, fill in and send the form 'request motor vehicle tax special rate' via the website of the Tax Authorities. Anyone who is not currently in the scheme will not be eligible again until January 1, 2022. Before 1 January 2022, the request to make use of the transitional arrangement must be received by the Tax and Customs Administration. It is also advisable to send the form to the tax authorities well before the New Year's deadline.
Stop this year with a transitional arrangement
It is possible that owners of a vehicle in the MRB transitional arrangement will decide during the course of this year to abandon the arrangement immediately. In that case, they must pay the standard rate retroactively from 1 January 2021.
Normal rate when used in January, February or December
If you use the MRB transitional arrangement, you may not use or park your motor vehicle eligible for the arrangement on the public road in January, February and December. For a MOT inspection in those months, you may drive the motor vehicle to the inspection station. You can also use the for up to 2 days in those months event arrangement. Do you want to use or park your motor vehicle on public roads in January, February or December? Then you pay the normal rate for the entire year.
May the vehicle also be used for business purposes in the transitional arrangement
The answer to this is not always clear. In the MRB transitional arrangement, trucks and buses may only be used privately. As soon as the motor vehicle is used commercially, the exemption does not apply. Inquiries with the tax authorities showed that it "is logical to assume that all motor vehicles may be used privately". However, the website states that the private provision only applies to trucks and buses. When in doubt, we advise you to contact the tax authorities.
Buy old-timer that is not covered by the transitional arrangement
If you plan to purchase an old-timer that qualifies for the transitional arrangement, the tax choice made by the previous owner on January 1 will continue to apply. This means that the vehicle remains in the transitional arrangement if the previous owner has made that choice. You do not have to pay anything for the rest of the year, because the previous year has already been paid by the previous owner. If the vehicle is not in the transitional arrangement, then it can only be included in the MRB transitional arrangement from the following year and you simply have to pay MRB for the remaining months. By the way, don't forget to request insurance for the classic.
Maintenance, liquids and insurance
When you get back on the road or buy a classic, you naturally want your classic to be in a good state of maintenance. After a few months of downtime, it is always good to provide the correct, new fluids. Refueling the correct fuel (so no E10, preferably also use ethanol killers) also contributes to the preservation of your classic. A full check of the technology and of the tires and tire pressure can of course also not hurt.
You can find more information about the MRB transitional arrangement on the website of the Tax Authorities, or by visiting to click. You will also find more information about the provisions for camping vehicles.