Currently shopping for transport, and I keep seeing ads touting a lack of papers as a positive ADVANTAGE e.g. “There are no “papers” for the bike which really means that you don’t need to worry about getting traffic tickets in the mail.”
I take this with a liberal pinch of salt, but its my understanding that if a vehicle misses its (2-yearly?) license renewal by six months, there is no way it can be re-licensed and its legally scrap, so an unlicensed vehicle isn’t necessarily stolen. I tried to buy an apparently abandoned scooter in my basement. Turned out the owner was dead and though her husband said he liked the idea of someone using the scooter he was apparently unable to re-license it.
The obvious questions are:-
- How do they catch you? There seems to be no equivalent to the UK tax disc so its presumably by a police computer check of your license plate, random or as a result of an accident or violation.
- If they do catch you, how stiff are the penalties?
- By analogy with the UK, where being uninsured is a much more serious offence than no tax/mot “safety” check certificate, is it possible to insure an unregisted vehicle, or are all these also uninsured?
regards, Ed Lithgow