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Registration plates and periodic motor vehicle test (APK) for tractors

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: not yet known

What changes?

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

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
  • An exemption from the road authorities is needed

Periodic motor vehicle test for fast tractors

Tractors with a maximum speed above 40 km/h should undergo periodic motor vehicle tests.

For whom?

  • Garage owners
  • Motor vehicle drivers


It is not yet known when this change in law will come into force

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