21. HARMONISED VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
Letter from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP
Minister of Transport, Department of the Environment, Transport
and the Regions, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee
Thank you for your letter of 26 November
concerning the proposed European Directive on harmonised vehicle
registration documents. I am pleased to note that the Committee
has lifted the Scrutiny reserve.
I can confirm that a Common Position was adopted
on this draft Directive at the October 1998 Transport Council.
It has now been forwarded to the European Parliament for consideration.
For the purpose of this Directive, the term
"trailer" relates to non-self propelled vehicles such
as caravans. The Directive only requires these to be registered
if the Member State's own legislation provides for this. The UK
does not currently require trailers to be registered, so the Directive
will not affect our existing arrangements.
4 March 1999
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