Amendments Ban Foreigners from Driving Cars with BG Plates Abroad
Amendments to Bulgaria's Traffic Act, passed at first reading in Parliament on Thursday, ban foreigners from permanently driving cars with Bulgarian registration plates.
If the amendments come into effect, the Bulgarian car registration will have to be terminated and the plates returned. The violators would face a fine of BGN 300.
The practice of citizens of neighbouring EU countries to buy and register their cars in Bulgaria was fairly common, mostly due to lower prices, taxes and cheaper insurance in Bulgaria.
Another new provision in the Traffic Act, which has been amended 50 times since 1999, envisions stiff fines of up to BGN 150 for an unattended wailing car alarm.
The amendments also include the requirement for cars with foreign plates to be registered in the local municipality, even if they remain with their foreign plates.
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the headline was obviously written by someone who doesn't know how to put the content of the amendment in a proper and correct sentence.
The amendment is indeed banning the registration and driving of cars abroad by NON-RESIDENT foreigners. Foreigners that reside in Bulgaria can of course buy, register and drive a car in Bulgaria and abroad with Bulgarian number plates.
Novinite, it would be nice if you would employ people who have a basic knowledge of Bulgarian and English.
Amendments Ban Foreigners from Driving Cars with BG Plates Abroad , so if you take that wording literally my understanding of it would mean i would never be able to drive outside bulgaria in a bulgarian regestard car even though i have a ten year I.D card , i would still be classed as a foreigner
One of Bulgarias many stupid laws. Don't support the economy of this country as it's clearly run by idiots. Foreign countries should begin to strip Bulgarians out of rights as well for every single violation the Bulgarian government does.
EU is supposed to be united and every country is supposed to be equal.
Ms Carty: How "clear" do people need this to be? For Novinite it's amazingly so...
If you have an "EU passport" then you are indeed an "EU citizen". However, if your passport comes from the UK (just to pick a random example of a country full of morons and illiterates) then you are a citizen of THAT country and hence a foreigner everywhere else - if you prefer, you are a citizen of one of the EU member states.
Mr Mills: Tourists do not "permanently drive their cars here", so what do they have to do with the price of fish? On the other hand, there are plenty of foreigners driving their vehicles here for years with no Technical Control or valid insurance. To be fair to them, Novinite does strive to be professional and provide facts; unfortunately they are unable to counteract the effects of countries with dumbed-down education systems and low-IQ populations....
This is either a stupid law, or stupid reporting. One or the other. I can just imagine every tourist driving to Bulgaria registering their cars at Vidin on the way into Bulgaria for a vacation on the Black Sea. Because that is precisely how the article reads.
This Media outlet must start to be more professional and provide specific facts. What we get is a headline and a sub text only. It could also assume that the reader does not live in the Republic of Sofia but more likely in Bulgaria.