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Using a foreign-registered car in Poland


toli 3 | 7
26 Sep 2007  #1
Hello,

What's the situation with bringing in a car registered in another EU country into Poland and using it for, say, two years? Would it have to be re-registered locally, to receive Polish number plates? What are the negative consequences, if any, of not doing this (insurance implications, cannot be used at all etc)?

Thanks.
inkrakow
26 Sep 2007  #2
Registering an imported car is possible but a LOT of hassle. You'll also have to pay an import duty on it, up to 13% of the value I think, depending on how big the engine is. You'll also have to have a permanent place of residence. You don't say where you are coming from but it's MUCH more difficult to register a RHD car. I have a car here on UK number plates which I have no intention of registering here and I plan to be here for another 3-4 years. I have European insurance and need to drive it back to the UK once a year for MOT and tax disc.
OP toli 3 | 7
26 Sep 2007  #3
also have to pay an import duty on it, up to 13% of the value I think, depending on how big the engine is

I think you may not be quite right here as we don't have import duties within the EU.

I have European insurance and need to drive it back to the UK once a year for MOT and tax disc.

But can you legally drive it in Poland? I'm not keen to register my car in Poland at all, it's just that I'd probably have to do it to use it here if I stay for more than 183 days during a year.

And no, the car's not RHD.
inkrakow
26 Sep 2007  #4
I think you may not be quite right here as we don't have import duties within the EU.

sorry, I'm not sure I get the terminology right but I meant akcyza (excise???) which is currently 3.1%/13.5% for cars below/above 2000cc. I think it's been declared illegal by the EU tribunal but Poland hasn't altered her laws yet to follow. There's a good guide to importing a car into Poland here (in Polish):

But can you legally drive it in Poland?

Yes, it's legal. It's registered to me at a real address, insured, taxed etc. I think that if you spend more than 6 months here you are meant to reregister it but I as far as I know, no one checks.
Floripa 3 | 39
4 Feb 2010  #5
Feb 5, 10, 21:53 - Thread attached on merging:
How long may I use a foreign registered car in Poland

I want to leave a Spanish registered car in Gdynia for my use when I'm over there. This should be no more than 2 to 3 months a year and at intervals of no more than a week or two at any one time. Can I do this without having to re-register the vehicle on Polish plates. Is there a limit before you must take the car out of the country? Thanks
Wroclaw Boy
4 Feb 2010  #6
Just make sure its legal in its country of origin and you have the right insurance, no problems.
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
4 Feb 2010  #7
I know Poland has/had some strange rules about this.
dnz 17 | 710
4 Feb 2010  #8
How can they?

You are allowed to take your car to any country within the EU for up to 12 consecutive months so long as its road legal in the country of origin. Its the Law and as much as Poland thinks it can adapt/break the law to suit itself it cant.

You shouldn't have any problems driving a spanish registered car here, Just be prepared to be stopped by the corrupt police quite a lot as they are very partial to bribes.
Forfour44 9 | 94
5 Feb 2010  #9
I have had my English car in Poland now for one year. I have never been stopped. I have had no problems.

Well one problem. Trying to reg my car in Poland. But that prob wont happen at all.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,667
5 Feb 2010  #10
I know Poland has/had some strange rules about this.

All EU countries base it on residence - you shouldn't be driving a car on foreign plates in another country if you're legally resident there for tax purposes. This is pretty much universally defined as being resident in the country for more than 185 days a year.

Ireland is *very* tough on this, and Denmark is following - but Poland, like the UK, isn't particularly bothered. It's a lot to do with the tax upon registering a vehicle for the first time - Ireland and Denmark have huge taxes associated with this, but Poland (like the UK) have such low fees that it's not worth chasing up.
dnz 17 | 710
5 Feb 2010  #11
I change my car so often they couldn't keep track if they wanted to.
Umargf
14 Sep 2017  #12
Merged:

Norwegian registered car in Poland



Hi!
I have a question ans that is that I have a Norwegian registred car on my parents name. And I have moved to Poland for medical studies. I would like to bring the car to Poland while I'm here, and will anyways go back to Norway for few days/weeks every 6th month. The question is how long can my car be in Poland and what do I have to do? How does it work, if you could give me a nice explanation about this, it would be very nice!
klimek1974
2 Aug 2019  #13
@Umargf
Hi
My brothers was using UK register car many years, Police stopped him few times and never asked how long has been using this car in Poland.

If you ask your insurer that you can use your car in Poland i think you should be ok. Road tax is paid in fuel@Umargf


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