When moving from
Australia to the UK, special steps must be taken to import your vehicle and
drive it on public roads around your new country of residence. The process is intended to
ensure that all of the vehicles operated on UK streets and highways are safe
for drivers, their passengers and other motorists. To introduce you to the
process, here's an outline of the basic steps that you'll need to take.
1. Obtain an Individual Vehicle Approval
certificate from the manufacturer of your vehicle or from the importer of your
vehicle. If you choose Chess Moving to help you with your international
move, we can assist you with obtaining this documentation.
2. Pay VAT or vehicle tax based upon the value
of your car.
3. Obtain motor insurance from an approved
provider in the UK.
4. Register your vehicle. You'll need to
provide your Australian registration paperwork, so be sure that you keep it in an
easily accessible place amongst your belongings when you pack. When you arrive in
the UK, you will be unable to drive your vehicle on the road until you register
it. However, laws do allow you to drive your car to the Driver and Vehicle
Licensing Agency in your local area in order to register the car.
5. Transfer your license. Under UK laws,
you may drive with your Australian license for up to one year, but you may
want to acquire your UK license when you visit the Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Agency office to register your vehicle. You'll have up to five years to exchange
your Australian driving license for a UK license without having to take any
type of test or undergo a medical examination.
To learn more about
moving your vehicle to the UK and about how we can make the process easier,
contact Chess Moving today.