Standard EU registration rules would make it easier and cheaper to relocate vehicles to another EU country.
It can be a hassle getting new registration plates for a car when you move it to a new country. Drivers often face costly and cumbersome national registration procedures, but it shouldn't be that hard.
The problem was identified as one of the main concerns of Europeans going to another EU country to live, work, travel or shop.
In response, the Commission is proposing a common set of registration rules for vehicles moved permanently across national borders within the EU. These would simplify registration procedures, cut red tape and reduce costs.
The Commission estimates businesses, drivers and registration authorities would save around €1.45 billion a year if the measure becomes law. It would:
The measure must be approved by EU governments and the European Parliament before becoming law.
Later this year, the Commission plans to clarify EU rules on car registration and road taxes. It will also make recommendations on ways to avoid double taxation on transferred cars and to remove obstacles to cross-border car rentals.
These are all part of a series of proposals the Commission has been making to help people exercise their EU citizenship rights more fully.