Amendments Ban Foreigners from Driving Cars with BG Plates Abroad

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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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Behemoth - 15 Mar 2014 // 20:29:24

A Foreigner,

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.

kinhell - 15 Mar 2014 // 05:27:46

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

Vladimir K. - 14 Mar 2014 // 18:25:35

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.

A Foreigner - 14 Mar 2014 // 18:25:17

I can read it two ways according to the headline and the first sentence

1) they won't let foreigners drive BG registered cars Abroad ( outside Bulgaria)


2) they won't let foreigners drive BG registered cars

a Foreigner - 14 Mar 2014 // 18:20:25

If this law passes as reported it would be ridiculous.
There are plenty of forigners that Reside in Bulgaria that own BG registered cars.
Are they going to not let any of us who live here drive our cars???

Optimistic - 14 Mar 2014 // 08:45:38

Seedy you are very right, I must be loosing it if I am agreeing with you.

Seedy - 14 Mar 2014 // 08:27:39

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....

Jon Mills - 14 Mar 2014 // 08:08:35

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.

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