After a huge final sprint, registration was requested for almost 2021 tractors, moving implements and trailer equipment in 750.000. That is 200.000 more than the expected 550.000 units. In December, a quarter of the total number of applications was made, in that month 194.000 registrations were requested. More than half of all applications were received in the last three months of 2021. The tractor category has reached a total of almost 350.000 units, much more than the expected 270.000 units. 150.000 of towed equipment were expected, much less than the 275.000 registrations ultimately requested. The rolling equipment has reached 125.000 applications, close to the expected 130.000 units.

“Apparently there were still many vehicles in the sheds and sheds with which the owners may still be on the road. To be on the safe side, the owners have applied for a license plate. We have also received many requests for self-built agricultural trailers.”

Conversion manager Rob van Dokkumburg.

Differences between provinces

The province of Gelderland has the most registered agricultural and agricultural tractors, mobile implements and trailers. There are no fewer than 116.000 of these types of vehicles on the road. The equally large and agricultural provinces of Noord-Brabant and Overijssel follow in second and third place with 95.000 and 56.000 units. In the coming months, the number of registered (agricultural) construction vehicles will increase considerably because the RDW still has to process approximately 95.000 applications.

Still pending

Of the almost 750.000 applications, registration certificates have now been issued for more than 623.000 vehicles. Due to the enormous final sprint, more than 95.000 applications still have to be processed in the coming months. Van Dokkumburg: “Many applications will already lead to a registration certificate in January and February. If an application is more complicated, it will take more time. This is the case if certain information is not provided or is not clear. Our website contains information about the status of the processing of applications. If you have applied for an online registration but have not yet received a registration certificate, you can read how far we are and whether it makes sense to contact us.” Vehicle owners who have not yet received a registration certificate should not worry. A leniency scheme will apply until 1 July so that (agricultural) construction vehicles can still use the road without a registration certificate.

VIN weft

Also, approximately 2000 (agricultural) construction vehicles without a unique vehicle identification number (VIN, also known as chassis number) must be stamped with a number. This usually happens on a RDW-testing station. In collaboration with industry parties, VIN inbound days are organized at central locations for owners of (agricultural) construction vehicles who have applied for a VIN inbound in 2021. In this way, owners do not have to drive their (agricultural) construction vehicle to a regular inspection station, sometimes further away, and several dozen VINs can be bought in one day.

Insurance obligation and license plate

From 1 January 2022, an insurance obligation also applies. Registered tractors and MMBSs must be registered with the insurer. Insuring these vehicles in a general company policy is no longer sufficient. The insurance obligation does not apply if the vehicle is suspended. In many cases, the registered vehicle must also have a registration plate. If the vehicle goes faster than 25 km/h, then a license plate must be fitted in any case. The registration of (agricultural) construction vehicles has no consequences for the application for an exemption, the procedure is still the same.

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