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Red tape in the Netherlands

Hello Pembleton builders and drivers, after building my Pembleton I had to use a very roundabout way to get it registered in the Netherlands.

Since The Netherlands do not have an SVA scheme anymore, or at least not one that is near as clear as the SVA scheme, the only way to get a Dutch registration was by importing the car from an E.C.-member country.

Since The Pembleton originates from the UK and many Pembletons had already passed SVA, the surest way for me was to have the car registered in the UK using the SVA scheme.

During the time I was building my Pembleton some legislation was passed that SVA was to be open to UK residents only.

With the help of a friend in the UK however, I could still have my Pembleton SVA tested.

It was my friend who took the car to the Beverly SVA station and had it tested in his name.

Unfortunately the car failed the first time on three points:

My friend fixed all three and had the car retested a week later, the inspector only briefly glanced at the car, which was still on the trailer, and handed him the MAC.

After applying for a registration, the car was elected for another test to establish the origins of all donor parts.

The car passed this test (my friend told me this test took only 5 seconds) and was allowed age related plates.

I went to the UK a few days after that to pick up the car, luckily the DVLA had the Number plate Authorisation Certificate ready, after we picked it up from the local DVLA office we had plates made.

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I couldn't be happier, also because now it was all in time for me to take part in a tour through Germany and Belgium a weekend later (still on temporary vehicle documents).

When I got home I fitted some non-SVA-proof parts (aero screens, different headlamps) and removed some SVA parts (covers, edge trim, headlamp stalks, etc)

A few weeks later my friend received the V5C vehicle documents, so now I was able to officially import my Pembleton.

The Dutch import test is very much like an MOT (APK in Dutch):

The test itself didn't take very long, but the paperwork after took some time.

It seems there already was one Pembleton that was imported before mine, since they already had “Pembleton Brooklands” as a make in their system.

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After they were done with their paperwork I received a tax form. I took the form to the customs department, which was also in the test station office.

I showed the customs officer the form, he glanced at the date of first registration and he wished me a nice day, the vehicle documents would be sent to me by mail.

Since the date of first registration was from 1986 my Pembleton was over 20 years old (at least on paper) and thus exempt from VAT (B.T.W. in Dutch) and registration tax (B.P.M. in Dutch).

A vehicle has to be over 6 months old to be exempt from Dutch VAT.

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On top of that the kilometrage must be over 6000km to qualify for any tax exemption; otherwise the car will be regarded as new, which can be very expensive tax-wise.

Although the customs officer didn't bother to check, I would still advise anyone to import only after the kilometrage is over 6000km.

I do still have to pay road tax until the car is 25 years old, but since the car weighs less than 500kg road tax is very low.

Pictures of the build are here

Best regards,

Jan-Paul Mutsaerts


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