If you have a business in the Netherlands that owns a company car, you have certain obligations regarding motor vehicle tax, periodic motor vehicle tests and car insurance. However, if you want to stop using your company car for a longer period of time, you may decide to suspend your business vehicle registration (in Dutch). You then do not have to fulfil these obligations. The vehicle may however not be parked or driven on public roads.
Suspending commercial vehicles
You can suspend your vehicle registration digitally using an RDW certificate or your DigiD and Chamber of Commerce number. You can also contact the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (in Dutch) directly or contact a vehicle registration certificate office. You pay a fee to have the registration suspended.
Duration of the suspension
A suspension starts immediately and the duration is 1, 2 or 3 years and ends autmatically after this period. You cannot have a suspension start from a future date. You can also apply for different suspension periods for different vehicles. It is not possible to suspend vehicle registrations indefinitely. You can always decide to extend its duration or end the suspension effective immediately. If you take your vehicle on a public road during a suspension you may be fined.
After the suspension
If you have ended the suspension of your vehicle you must make sure you have paid your motor vehicle tax (MRB) and have a valid vehicle insurance. The vehicle's periodic technical inspection (periodic motor vehicle test or APK) must also be valid.