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Make foreign workers pay road tax, says MP

31st July 2013, Comments 2 comments

People living in the Netherlands but driving foreign registered cars must be made to pay Dutch road tax, the Christian Democrats said on Tuesday.

Christian Democrat MP Pieter Omtzigt has been pursuing the non-payment of road tax for some time, and has now written to junior finance minister Frans Weekers in the hope the matter can be settled before the end of the summer.

The law states that anyone moving to the Netherlands can drive their foreign registered car for two weeks. After that time, it must carry a Dutch registration. However, enforcement is lax and Omtzigt wants Weekers to come up with a plan.

A lot of road tax


According to the MP, some 350,000 foreign workers live in the country but only 31% of them has a Dutch registered car. 'That is a lot of road tax the government is not receiving,' he told the Telegraaf.

Weekers earlier said he is irritated by people who use the roads but do not pay the tax, and said he would come up with a way of tackling the problem before the summer.



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2 Comments To This Article

  • MCC posted:

    on 7th August 2013, 15:28:05 - Reply

    I drove my. right-hand drive, British registered car for several years in the Netherlands without being stopped by the police, or whoever should be doing the stopping. The car was totally legal in Britain - British Insurance, British MOT, British Road Tax - only the headlights were changed for driving in Europe. After severtal years, however, I was "discovered" and was forced to pay the BPM on the car. Even at that point, I was allowed to keep the British registration number on the car. Naturally, because of this "discrepancy" I always carried the document to say that the BPM had been paid. In the nine years that I drove the car in the I was only stopped twice - both in alcohol control points (I was clean).

    So was the fact that my car - Britain legal, carrying British number plates, with Dutch BPM paid - legal or illegal?

    I am also puzzled.
  • HTD posted:

    on 2nd August 2013, 13:34:17 - Reply

    Sorry, I have only been living here for 21 years with fully registered NL tags. Apparently, not long enough to be able to understand why more time is needed when the law clearly reads: "The law states that anyone moving to the Netherlands can drive their foreign registered car for two weeks. After that time, it must carry a Dutch registration."
    What is it I don't understand? Why can't this existing law be enforced without having to come up with a way of tackling the problem before the summer."? Was this law originally written so that it was unenforceable? Dah?
    I guess it will take me another 21 years living here before I am able to grasp better the way things operate (or not) here! Puzzled???