Government supports calls for tighter controls on foreign vehicles

There are calls for tighter controls on cars bought to the UK from the EU
There are calls for tighter controls on cars bought to the UK from the EU

The Government is supporting a call from the borough council for tighter controls on imported vehicles from the EU being used illegally in the UK.

Responding to a recommendation in the report to ensure vehicles brought here are registered and meet legal requirements, Boston Borough Council leader Coun Peter Bedford wrote to MP Mark Simmonds, who brought the matter up with the Government.

At Thursday’s meeting, the council’s head of housing and community service Andy Fisher read out an excerpt of a letter from Stephen Hammond MP, the minister responsible for vehicle licensing.

He wrote: “The Government has become increasingly concerned about vehicles that remain in the UK after the six month exemption period has expired.

“To address the issue the DVLA, UK border force and police are currently exploring how the UK border force’s data can be used by the police to identify vehicles that have been in the country for longer than six months.”

Mr Fisher added: “Coming from a local authority the size of Boston, I think it’s had quite an impact as the minister has taken on board our concerns and is looking at how that can be taken forward.”

However, Coun Bob McAuley said he had previously researched this issue on the website and believes the law already exisits to tackle such vehicles. “I do feel we have been misled in respect to the six-month period,” he said.

“Under the item headed ‘temporary imports’ it clearly states the conditions allowed and it also states that any vehicle entering the UK should be registered with HMRC. So we should already have things in place to counteract this abuse of the six-month period.

“It clearly states if you become a resident in the UK you must tax and register your vehicle straight away. So I would say that the authorities in this country have been very lax and this could have been dealt with through the law already.”