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Saturday, 28 August 2010 00:00
 

There is a lot of uncertainty about what to do if you have a UK-registered car here in Spain and the MOT runs out.

When I found myself in this very situation earlier this month, friends here told me it wasn’t a problem – I could either get an English MOT done in Gibraltar or a Spanish ITV on the mainland.  To me the former seemed the most likely; the latter, frankly, less so.

Well, surprise, surprise, the opposite is the case!

Having carried out extensive research on the world wide web, I was left even more confused.  Several websites said both these options were unavailable,  and it looked like I had only two legal solutions to the problem: either ship the vehicle back to the UK at huge cost and get an MOT in, say, Dover, or re-register the vehicle here – also not cheap – for which you first need a Spanish ITV.

Well, after further investigation I can absolutely 100% confirm that you CANNOT get a Gibraltar MOT on a UK-registered car, but you CAN get an ITV.  I know, because I went to the local ITV test centre the other day and asked.  It’s called una ITV voluntaria and I have an appointment in a couple of weeks to get it done.

But, remember, you can only legally keep your UK vehicle here for six months at a time, without removing it, at least temporarily, from Spain.

Check also that your insurance policy covers you while you have the car here.  Many policies limit cover to only 30 or 60 days at a time.

If your MOT runs out, it is illegal to drive the vehicle and your insurance would probably be invalidated.

And don’t forget you need to carry all relevant documents in the car, eg “logbook”, MOT/ITV certificate (if applicable), insurance certificate and proof that the premium has been paid.  Also both parts of your driving licence.

Many drivers prefer to carry photocopies of all of these documents and leave the originals safely at home.  However, whether copies are acceptable to the police here is not clear.

Happy motoring!

© Paul Whitelock

www.a1-solutions-spain.com 

 

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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