Friesland and South Holland are lagging behind in the registration of (agricultural) construction vehicles, while Gelderland and Limburg are doing well. This is apparent from the figures for the first six months of the RDW. Only one in three (agricultural) construction vehicles is still registered. Work and road construction vehicles and special (agricultural) construction vehicles in particular are lagging behind.

More registrations in bad weather

In Friesland and South Holland there is resp. 17% and 21% of the (agricultural) vehicles registered, only half of Gelderland and Limburg (43% and 42%). North Brabant (37%) is also doing relatively well. The RDW does not know exactly what the explanation is for the difference. It is remarkable that many more registrations are made in bad weather than in good weather.

Only 3 out of 10 registered

On July 1, 164.000 of the estimated 550.000 vehicles were registered (30%). That is 100.000 tractor units, 43.000 trailers and towed machines and 21.000 so-called 'restricted speed motor vehicles' (MMBS). Before 1 January 2022, all (agricultural) construction vehicles subject to registration must be registered with the RDW in order to be allowed on public roads. This is possible via the website of the RDW for 18 euros. After that, registration is only possible after a more expensive inspection at the RDW. Without a registration certificate, a (agricultural) construction vehicle will no longer be allowed on the road from 2022.

Help with registration

In the first months it turned out to be difficult for the applicants to provide the correct information, such as the chassis number, the trade name and the type. It concerns such a diverse group of vehicles of various construction years that it is not always clear where the data is located. Especially the chassis number, or the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is crucial because it is the key for the registration. The RDW now offers applicants a lot of help and instruction on how to fill it out. In addition, the website on which owners make the application helps to fill in the correct data.

Concerns about motor vehicles with limited speed

The RDW is concerned about the group of motor vehicles with limited speed. These are vehicles that are used in construction, infrastructure projects and logistics, such as aerial platforms, excavators, wheel loaders and forklifts, but also self-propelled harvesters, tourist road trains, mobile shops and returned vehicles. Only 21.000 of the expected 130.000 vehicles are newly registered, about 16 percent. This concerns such a diverse group of owners that the RDW wonders whether every owner realizes that he must register his vehicle and be well informed.


The RDW notices from contact with Customer Service that there are still misunderstandings about the registration obligation. For example, registration is required if the (agricultural) construction vehicle drives faster than 6 km/h, not only from 25 km/h. A vehicle must also be registered if the (agricultural) construction vehicle enters a public road, even if that is a country road, a short crossing from one field to another or a public part of the private property. After registration, a number plate is only required for used (agricultural) construction vehicles that drive 25 km/h or faster. From 1 January 2025, all (agricultural) construction vehicles must carry a registration plate.


In consultation with the industry, the RDW is taking measures to motivate more owners to register their vehicle. For example, the communication campaign has been expanded, specific target groups have been e-mailed and the RDW is calling attention to timely registration at a number of trade fairs this autumn.

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