For­eign plates carry risk of high fines

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles with for­eign plates in Greece, as their own­ers are able to avoid pay­ing this coun­try’s high road tax and fines.

In re­sponse to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion, Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ka­te­rina Pa­panat­siou said that the tem­po­rary cir­cu­la­tion of ve­hi­cles in Greece with for­eign plates is le­gal pro­vided cer­tain con­di­tions are ful­filled, such as be­ing in Greece for no more than six months of the year and that their owner’s main res­i­dence is out­side Greece.

If own­ers of cars with plates from other Euro­pean Union states do not meet these re­quire­ments, they face fines of be­tween 2,500 and 10,000 eu­ros, while in the case of ve­hi­cles with plates from third coun­tries, the own­ers may be charged with smug­gling and face a fine three times the cost of ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion and tax pay­ments in Greece. Their ve­hi­cles will also con­fis­cated.

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