at what car you drive! Sneaky huh. If you are driving
a brand new Mercedes, they take the value of your car, multiply it by some
magic factor and extrapolate your real income from that. They then
send you a tax bill for the income they say you have rather than the income
you declared. Pure genius.
Here are a
few others points about cars. If you bring your car with you from
another EU country, according to EU law you should be able to easily transfer
the registration. Should be is the operative phrase. There
are 4 things you have to know about the law in Greece. There
is EU law; Greek or Athens law since ALL laws are decided in Athens;
Island law or what laws the local government decide Athens has passed that
should be applicable to the islands (they ignore any law Athens passes
that they think are stupid) and there is commonly accepted island practice.
So the EU says you must wear helmets on bikes and seatbelts in cars.
Athens has passed that same law. The island government has also adopted
it since it is a good way to raise some cash.
can't be bothered with it though and agree with the Greek people that it
is silly so they only enforce it on Rhodes for example every April to raise
some cash for the summer. For about a month everyone is riding around
with helmets on and seatbelts fastened. The rest of the year no one
bothers. I think it also has something to do with the local Mayor's
cousin owning a bike shop that sells helmets but I could be wrong.
You can transfer
an EU driving license to a Greek one without much trouble other than the
usual several visits to various offices. If you have a license from
some other country though you have to do written and practical tests to
get a Greek license. This is not that difficult provided you speak,
read and write Greek. No you can't do it in English and no you can't
take a translator with you. Anyway why bother, you can drive on your
US, Canadian, etc. license for as long as you like.
If you bring
a car from the EU as mentioned above you could try to register it in Greece
if you are planning to live there. In fact you are required to register
it. Up to 6 months is no problem and you can get extensions up
to 15 months but after that it must be registered. The problem
is that registering it costs a fortune. This is of course illegal
according to EU law. But you are in Greece.
So what do
you do? Well you can just ignore it and continue to drive your car
registered in the UK or wherever. If you do, one of 2 things will
happen. One day you will be stopped and the car confiscated to be
sold at auction. Happens all the time to the poor unsuspecting.
Interstingly, the more expensive the car the more likely it is to happen.
Hummm. Or you can never be stopped or bothered about it.
I drove a bright red 1976 MGB convertible in mint condition for 5 years
and was never stopped once.
Now it isn't
as if the police wouldn't notice a little red MG on Rhodes Island.
In fact there are only 2 on the island so it pretty much sticks out.
Why didn't they stop me? Because the police in my village were also
people I bought drinks for in my local Taverna. Besides what could
an old car like that be worth at auction? Classic, what is a classic?
It is just another old car.