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Shipping Vehicles/Motorcycles to Poland (from Taiwan). Drivers license.


roalex 13 | 40
1 Dec 2010 #1
I know there is another thread on this about Shipping cars to Poland. But my question is a little different and I would like to revisit the topic. So here goes.

I live in Taiwan and will most likely be moving to Warsaw in the next year. I hope! If all goes as planned I would like to ship my Vespa to Warsaw so that I can ride it when I get there. In the summers of course.

My question is this, will I need a drivers license for the bike? The bike has a 150cc engine. I believe that is a different category of license than what you see a lot of kids riding around on in the country of Poland. Most of those, if not all, are 50cc's. I have a drivers license for Taiwan and I have an international driver's permit as well, which allows me to ride bikes up to 400 or 500cc's.

What steps would I have to take to legally ride the bike in Poland?

cheers and thanks for any insight
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Dec 2010 #2
What steps would I have to take to legally ride the bike in Poland?

Once you move over, you'll theoretically need to get a Polish license if you're not a tourist. How long will you be over for?
Maybe 12 | 409
1 Dec 2010 #3
I would like to ship my Vespa to Warsaw so that I can ride it when I get there

Do you have a deathwish?
OP roalex 13 | 40
2 Dec 2010 #4
The move I make will most likely be a long term one. I don't know exactly but I would think in the area of 3-5 years. But it could be shorter or longer it all depends on business.

Thanks again

And no I do not have a death wish.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
2 Dec 2010 #5
And no I do not have a death wish.

Then you don't want to ride something with such a small engine on Polish roads.
Maybe 12 | 409
2 Dec 2010 #6
And without a roll cage and air bags.....
OP roalex 13 | 40
3 Dec 2010 #7
I guess I won't be getting many straight answers on this thread.
Maybe 12 | 409
3 Dec 2010 #8
In this country there is no such thing as a straight answer
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
3 Dec 2010 #9
I guess I won't be getting many straight answers on this thread.

Probably not.

But to answer your questions -

My question is this, will I need a drivers license for the bike? The bike has a 150cc engine. I believe that is a different category of license than what you see a lot of kids riding around on in the country of Poland. Most of those, if not all, are 50cc's. I have a drivers license for Taiwan and I have an international driver's permit as well, which allows me to ride bikes up to 400 or 500cc's.

That'll be fine. You'll want to convert the Taiwan licence to a Polish licence, and you may have to do the theory test (not sure without checking - but it's easy) - but you can drive for a year on the IDP anyway. All rather simple and without problems, though it's advised to wait until you've been in Poland for 6 months before exchanging the licence.

What steps would I have to take to legally ride the bike in Poland?

You'll have to re-register the bike locally. This means that you'll have to export it from Taiwan and import it into Poland - it's not difficult, though there might be some (small) tax to pay.
convex 20 | 3,978
3 Dec 2010 #10
Adding to that, might it be cheaper to store it in Taiwan and buy one when you're here?


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