Thousands of companies and private individuals still have to register their (agricultural) construction vehicles. If they do not do this before 1 January 2022, they will not be allowed to use their vehicle on the road after that. At the moment, only half of the expected 550.000 vehicles have been registered.

The RDW has seen an increase in the number of applications in recent weeks, but still insufficient to trust that all vehicles have been registered before 1 January 2022. In July, August and September, a total of nearly 125.000 registrations for agricultural and forestry tractors, mobile implements and trailed equipment were requested. In the last eleven weeks, more than 250.000 vehicles still have to be registered.

“We fear that there will be a significant financial loss for companies that do not register their vehicles before 1 January. Because these vehicles are no longer allowed on public roads, they can no longer do their job. Because if, for example, an excavator or sweeper is not allowed on the road, it becomes very difficult to perform their task. If such a vehicle does end up on the public road, the owner risks a fine. In addition, the vehicle is less interesting for buyers.”

Conversion manager Rob van Dokkumburg.

Easy online registration

You can register online up to and including 31 December and can be arranged in this way if the necessary vehicle data has been collected in advance. The costs are only €18 per registration. Registration is still possible from 1 January 2022, but an inspection at one of the inspection stations of the RDW is required. The costs are at least €140.

Registration of moving implements lags considerably behind

In particular, the number of registrations of moving equipment (MMBS) is lagging behind considerably. At the end of September, less than 40% had been registered. This concerns vehicles such as excavators, wheel loaders, sweepers, forklifts, terminal tractors and wide lawnmowers, but also tourist road trains and re-approved vehicles. It seems that owners of this group of vehicles are not always aware that their vehicle must be registered.

“The rule of thumb is: if the vehicle now has a truncated triangle, there is a good chance that it will need to be registered. This is the case if the vehicle does not yet have a registration number, has wheels and an engine, is used on a public road and drives faster than 6 km/h. There are also a few exceptions. To help owners who are in doubt, there is a decision aid on the RDW website.”

Conversion manager Rob van Dokkumburg.

Tractors and towed equipment

57.951 of agricultural and forestry tractors were registered in the past quarter. This resulted in a total of 58% of the expected number of registrations for this vehicle category. The registration obligation does not only apply to the large powerhouses, but mini tractors must also be registered. Of agricultural and forestry trailers and interchangeable towed equipment, 43.836 were registered in the third quarter, an increase of 25%. This brings this category to 56% of the expected total. You may only drive at a maximum speed of 40 km/h with towed equipment that is registered and has a yellow number plate. Without trailer registration, the maximum speed of the combination is 25 km/h.

Register now

Postponing registration until the last minute may result in registration not being completed before January 1, because the waiting times at the RDW likely to increase. Van Dokkumburg: "The RDW's advice is therefore: apply for registration now, so that the registration certificate is received before January 1." Then the owner can also take the vehicle on the road from 1 January, so that the work can continue.

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