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Obligatory registration plates
Any vehicle that is being driven (or pulled) down a public road must carry registration plates. This means more vehicles will be obliged to carry plates.
In the category vehicles with a maximum speed over 25 km/h, this affects:
- trailers and machines that are pulled along
- vehicles heavier than 750 kg that are pulled along by a tractor at a speed of over 25 km/h
The obligation to register and to carry registration plates also affects vehicles that can drive both faster and slower than 25 km/h:
- tractors used for agriculture or forestry
- motor vehicles with limited speed
- mobile machinery
The duty to register only applies after the law comes into effect. In most cases, registration plates only have to be carried after 1 January 2025. This is not the case if:
- the vehicle has become liable for periodic motor vehicle tests (APK)
- the vehicle will drive over 25 km/h on public roads
- you need an exemption from the road authorities for the vehicle
Periodic motor vehicle test for fast tractors
Tractors with a maximum speed above 40 km/h should undergo periodic motor vehicle tests.
- motor vehicle drivers
- garage owners
The duty to register and carry registration plates comes into effect on 1 January 2021. The duty to undergo periodic motor vehicle tests (APK-keuring) will be implemented from 1 May 2021.