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If you are simply riding the bike in the UK for a temporary period it is no different from someone bringing their car over to the UK from abroad for a holiday.
As long as it is abiding by the German legal requirements and it is suitably insured in the UK then it will not be an issue.
Being in the EU means the free movement of services, goods and people.
As long as it holds valid insurance in the UK then it will not be an issue
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
the motorcycle is insured in Germany as per my question, German insurance complies with EU law and is vehicle based, this means that anyone from the EU over 21 is covered on the policy wherever they live - provided that the vehicle is not outside of Germany for more than 185 days. The PNLD believe that a UK citizen cannot ride an EU plated vehicle in the UK - this is what I seek clarity on, "believe" is not a legal position.... I am either breaking a law or not, if I am there would be an associated penalty ?
As long as it is insured in the UK and there is only temporary admission then it will not be an issue.
If they can't tell you what the offence is then clearly no offence can occur!
The insurance policy is in my friends name against his registered address in Germany, which is where the vehicle is registered. It is NOT possible for a UK resident to insure a foreign plated vehicle that they don't own regardless.
.... he is a German national...
But if he can insure you then it will not be an issue.
That will be fine.
Thanks Alex, so to be clear - it IS acceptable for a UK citizen to drive an EU (non-UK) registered and plated vehicle on UK roads (provided the vehicle is registered in its home country, has insurance, tax and MOT)? is there a period of limitation similar to the insurance / DVLA whereby this cannot occur for more than 185 days in a 12 month period for example ?
Yes. As long as it is registered, plated, insured, taxed in the home country etc and as long as it is only temporary in the UK - it is fine.
Can I clarify anything else?
Okay - so, last bit. Do you know what the temporary limitation is ? how many days ? I'm just a little nervous since I've just realised that you are a specialist in another field. Thanks, Andy
Sadly I don't know the answer to that.
That limitation question is quite specialist.
Ah - so now I'm not sure what to do, presumably if I leave the question open I can't rate your response without having to repose the question / leave it open ?
It is a matter for you. The initial was whether it was legal or not - the answer is yes it is legal
But I note you have asked a further question as to the time period, that is the part to which I do not know the answer.
The original question does say that it will be in the UK for less than 185 days, as you say - the answer is not specific.
Indeed, I shall leave it open if you wish?
Yes please Alex
Ok - no need to reply to this as it comes back to my inbox as it thinks you are stuck!
Thanks Jo, my query on the temporary limitation was in relation to Alex's response, she was unsure on how long I could ride the bike in the UK before it had to become imported.
I was also uncertain since her background was not transport law, which is yours, plus I was unfamiliar with the site.
With your response my understanding is now that I am indeed entitled to ride a German registered, taxed, motd and insured vehicle in the UK for 6 months, the fact that I do not own the vehicle and it is registered in Germany and insured in Germany by a German citizen is not an issue. Provided the vehicle is road legal in its country of registration, and the insurance covers me to ride it, it can be ridden by a UK citizen resident in the UK on the German plates?
If this is the case then my query is resolved and if the police query me at any point I can explain the situation.