So visiting London seems as though it could be on an agenda. I recall that certain pollution standards need to met in some parts of the city.I do see non-EU member state registered vehicles within the EU territory on my travels, notably Russian or from the Middle East occasionally.
I can't speak for others but these are allowed a free period of grace in the UK.
Thanks Dennis. I was actually looking into purchasing a 2014 Sprinter with Mercedes' European Delivery Program.The question you pose is a bit vague to give a precise answer.
However am I to assume that you intend to temporarily import your Spinter into Europe and tour around for a set period?
Wondering if this is accurate. If so, it would me that not only could I not pick the vehicle up there. I could never drive it in any western country other than the US.The NAFTA Sprinter is another story. they are not EU compliant not legal for any other western country.in the EU or Commonwealth territory's as to mainly emissions and fuel compliance.such as 10/ppm and less.
Although it's going to vary a bit country-to-country, you can use the US (and Canada's) rules as a rough guide: "less than a full year"Thank you. So if I understand correctly... a NAFTA Sprinter cannot be delivered in Europe. Also, it cannot be driven long term in Europe. However, it can be driven there temporarily. So the next questions are how long can it be driven in Europe? (Or where to get info on this?) Also, what about driving it in Central and South America?
MIG has it right as to a race period,however the rest as to a case by case situation as to paper work applies.Thanks Dennis. I was actually looking into purchasing a 2014 Sprinter with Mercedes' European Delivery Program.
However, I did not see the Sprinter listed as an available vehicle for the program. I then ran an internet search of the situation and came across the following thread.
Where Altered Sprinter stated the following:
The reference is to exporting and registering a non certificated NAFTA vehicle in the UK OZ etc ,visiting or cross traveling between countries is another matter.
Wondering if this is accurate. If so, it would me that not only could I not pick the vehicle up there. I could never drive it in any western country other than the US.
Wow, sounds like an exciting job. You've had some adventures. I bet with a little creative tweaking you can get a screen play out of 'em.Yogiyoda
Your best bet is to contract the AAA, who for the most part issue these carnets in collaboration with your selected bank and the bond you have to put up to secure the temporary import.
The carnet has several different color pages all split into three parts;
The inner one is riveted to the spine and covers, on the same page the center one is attached to the outer one by perforations, hence "tri partite ticket" or "triptic". All of the talons have the vehicle's vital info on it , vin# & country of origine etc.
There are three colors usually, pink for host/domiciled country going out and coming back in.
Blue for transiting a country, and white for an extended period.
In each case as you enter the border the customs officer will wet stamp date the inner one, and the other two tearing off the outer talon for Customs records at the port of entry. When you leave the same country the exiting border post customs officer will counter wet stamp the center talon and the inner fixed talon tearing off the remaining perforated talon for exit customs records. You than have a fixed record of the remaining fixed talon in your carnet folder to show legitimate temp import and export.
How long the carnet is valid for is up to where you are going, subject to local regulations and bonding.
When I was doing all this I was scudding about in the ME based in Iraq and latterly in South America running around in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile.
You can get the length of stay extended, it depends upon expiry or renewal of the bond you have placed upon the vehicle plus some paperwork with the host country motoring organization.
As an illustration I remember two resident zone reps took off to Baghdad in two cars. The intention was to stay for two years! In the intervening period one of the cars got severely rolled in Kurdi country. To add to the mayhem another fellow Engineer was scudding through northern Iraq from Iran/Ghan on a temp blue ticket, got sick, abandoned the car in Mosul and flew home.
Then quit the company!
There the car languished in a local bus company car park for three years!
The remaining car was used by us all kept running by cannibalizing the rolled unit for parts!
Then as with most things the crap hit the fan and the company I worked for wanted to dispose of the cars and get its bonds released. I got the job to get the paperwork in order and find the car up in Mosul; which was almost new when it was abandoned!
I remember driving it south to Baghdad with no license plates and the local cops blowing their whistles at me!
Obviously the modus operandii was to get two of the bad cars out of Iraq and drive home in the new one. The rattle trap was made to run on its last legs and the rolled one made to roll as a flat tow with a makeshift "A" frame welded to the front crossbeam. The rattle trap had just enough power to pull the dead car to the border post at Al Rutbah. In the end the old car blew out its bottom end so the last car had to take up the slack and pull the two dead 'uns over the border. Having got all three cars out of Iraq with the wet stamps of exit on the fixed talons I set the two lame ducks on fire in no mans land. Cars disposed of! Exit stamps received and there they burned with a large cloud of black smoke pluming up in the still evening desert air.
We carried on all piled in one car to the Jordanian border crossing enjoying the A/C !
Having got the usual "welcome most welcome mister" we carried on into the night heading for Amman. Through the night I suddenly picked up a soldier in the middle of the road, sporting a Browning Mil rifle.
Looked like this:-
I thought he was going to question me about the burnt cars!!!
Only to invite us to take tea and freshen up in a huge tent as a way station for the Haji Pilgrims. We enjoyed the tea and the banter with the Hajis, and then sped on into the night to the outskirts of Amman by dawn. Just as the muezzine was calling the faithful to prayer! Just in time in fact for a fresh breakfast kubbah and Arab Kawah coffee at a truck stop I always frequented when passing by.
Then a freshen up and a bed at the Shepherds Hotel in lovely Amman.
I can confrim the above post as verifiableThe driver's license issue is covered in most of the world by picking up an International Driver's Permit (IDP) from (in the USA) the AAA.
You don't have to be an AAA member, the cost is $15 plus two passport photos. It's just paperwork, no tests or the like.
The IDP requires that you also have a valid license from your own country.
This wikipedia page shows which countries accept it by a map near the bottom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Driving_Permit
(many countries that haven't signed the "convention" still accept the IDP).
AAA's page on it: http://www.aaa.com/PPInternational/IDP_IADP.html and the application form lists the 150 countries that accept it.
Brazil and Uruguay require an "Inter-American Drivers Permit" instead.
Most of Central and South America will accept that in lieu of the IDP. The AAA form lists those, too.
My recent trip to South Africa only required my US license (as long as it was in English).
Neighboring countries would've required an IDP.