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Right Hand Drive cars in Poland 'indefinitely' but not registered - doable?


Maluch 30 | 95
7 Sep 2014  #1
As I understand it you cannot register a RHD car in Poland now.

What about driving one indefinitely with your Umowa, valid OC, and even possible to get a Polish przeglad for one?

I am curious because cars are so bloody cheap in the UK, would be nice to bring home a souvenir :)
Nathans
3 Oct 2014  #2
How about registering the car for business in the UK and driving it in Poland on an 'extended' business trip (which may take years if needed ; ). But not sure if przeglad would be possible in Poland, probably not.
Looker - | 1,022
3 Oct 2014  #3
I've heard that przeglad of RHD's is possible and unexpensive in Germany and Czech Republic.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
5 Dec 2014  #4
Is it true that RHD or right hand drive cars are to be given the nod in Poland for proper registration from 01.01.2015?

If so, link to this info, please.
Looker - | 1,022
5 Dec 2014  #5
I'll try to translate the news:

The end of the requirement of the steering wheel on the left side

European requirement of the total harmonization of the homologation laws forced Polish legislature to change the rules on car equipment.

The existing rule, which prescribes the steering wheel location on the left side in the vehicles, has been modified.
Firstly have been introduced minor modifications in the text of § 9. 2 of the Regulation (Dz. U. of 2013. Pos. 951 and 1720), in which "should not be placed on the right side" was replaced by "should be placed on the left side." Thereby a general rule was created to which some exceptions exist.
These are indicated in the added paragraph 2a. It introduces some requirements for vehicles with the steering wheel on the right. It should be noted that this case concerns only vehicles of category M1, ie the passenger cars which have no more than 8 seats, excluding the driver's seat. But only in two cases. New cars must have an EC type-approval certificate, and the used cars should be previously registered on the Member State territory.

The car will be registered in Poland, only when additionally equipped with:
- relevant, original lighting
- the original mirrors, in accordance with the indications from the Annex to Regulation
- properly calibrated speedometer.
All these requirements are designed to adapt the vehicle to the right-hand traffic rules, which came into force in Poland.

prawo.gazetaprawna.pl/artykuly/829132,zmiana-przepisow-o-rejestracji-pojazdow-koniec-z-wymogiem-kierownicy-po-lewej-stronie.html

rejestracjaautwersjaangielska.blog.onet.pl

grupaimage.com.pl/?s=prd&i=informacja&id=24723

The regulation shall be effective until January 2015.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
5 Dec 2014  #6
Thank you very much, Looker :)
CuriousCH
13 Apr 2015  #7
how's the current situation now??

is it already possible to register a right hand drive in Poland? I tried to search smth but with my very limited Polish I could not find anything :(
Cardno85 31 | 976
13 Apr 2015  #8
I have to ask, as just an occaisional driver, is it really neccesary to keep a RHD car here in Poland. Can you not sell it and get something LHD. For me personally I would not want to be driving in a foreign country with different rules with the bigger blind spot on the wrong side. Just like I wouldn't be keen driving a LHD car in the UK, are roundabouts not a nightmare?
Looker - | 1,022
14 Apr 2015  #9
how's the current situation now?

The new law shall take effect in May or June of this year.
Dougpol1 30 | 3,038
14 Apr 2015  #10
So why have I seen a right hand car registered on Polish plates?
Looker - | 1,022
14 Apr 2015  #11
It seems, that from beginning of 2015, some of the cities allow to register such cars. The problem is with the vehicle technical inspection, as diagnosticians do not know what are the requirements and the registration itself without technical examination in Poland is not possible. So not all drivers will have this luck - the law is not yet established.
Dougpol1 30 | 3,038
14 Apr 2015  #12
some of the cities allow to register such cars.

Interesting. Obviously a go situation here in Tri-City.
Looker - | 1,022
14 Apr 2015  #13
From what I understand the headlights, exterior mirrors, windshield wipers and speedometer should be adopted to Poland's homologation to qualify the English cars for registration in Poland.
curiousCH
15 Apr 2015  #14
so much hassle IMO...
maybe I'll just look for a LHD car anyways...
Chemikiem
22 Jun 2015  #15
The problem is with the vehicle technical inspection, as diagnosticians do not know what are the requirements and the registration itself without technical examination in Poland is not possible

This is what a friend of mine was told last week when she spoke to Wydiał Komunikacji in Nowy Targ.
She wanted to take her car from the UK back to Poland when she leaves next month, but was told it's still not possible to register it despite the January change in the law. Now she's going to have to sell it as they couldn't give her any information as to a time frame for when it will be possible to register it.

So for the time being it appears that nothing has changed, at least in the vicinity of Nowy Targ.
David84 - | 3
25 Jun 2015  #16
Merged: When can I register my RHD car in Poland?

I am told it is still not possible in Lublin. Any advice? I have heard some cities are allowing this but I am finding it extremely difficult to get any information from anyone.

Has anyone managed to successfully register a RHD car in Poland. If so I would love to know how.
Chemikiem
25 Jun 2015  #17
Nothing much appears to have changed, I posted on this thread about it a couple days ago:-

merged
Dougpol1 30 | 3,038
25 Jun 2015  #18
Has anyone managed to successfully register a RHD car in Poland. If so I would love to know how.

Come to Tri-City and use somebody's address - register your car to that address, and there you are. Seen three RHD cars here in the last couple of days - all Gdansk plates.
Steveramsfan 2 | 306
26 Jun 2015  #19
I wouldn't want to register a RHD car in Poland. I just bought a LHD car instead.
I found that the road system and other road users in Poland meant the RHD cars were harder to drive than LHD cars.

The only problem I have is my UK paperwork said Vauxhall so my Polish paperwork now says Vauxhall.
It has the Opel badges though :)
Chemikiem
26 Jun 2015  #20
Seen three RHD cars here in the last couple of days - all Gdansk plates.

If you've seen them on the road, then someone somewhere has sorted out how the vehicle testers should approach the annual MOT as such, which from what I understand is the main stumbling block to enforcing this law.

Just wondering if it's worth my friend taking her car to a city if this is where it's possible to get a RHD car registered, rather than her try to sell it as I know she doesn't really want to do this, and she has an expensive car.

If anyone has managed to register one in Kraków, could you post here. That would be the nearest city she would have to go to register her car.

Really can't understand why it's possible to do this is some areas and not others.....
CarloL
15 Jul 2015  #21
I was told at the Urząd Gminy in Targówek, Warsaw that I could register my RHD car provided the MOT from the UK was still valid, and that I get it translated into Polish. They said, however, that it was anyone's guess what would happen once the MOT expires, because the testing stations here won't pass my car yet (they seemed to think some directives for testing RHD cars were on their way). At the vehicle testing station they suggested getting the vehicle tested for roadworthiness annually in another EU country. They said that a roadworthiness test from any EU country would suffice, but personally I'm not sure what a policeman or an insurance broker would make of it...


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