2022 will bring fines to millions of Greek car owners

At the end of January 2022, the launch of digital applications AADE is expected, which will find out who has not paid road (transport) tax, insurance and has not passed the KTEO (technical inspection). Violators face heavy fines and prison sentences.

As it became known this week, the independent state tax office is launching two applications, which already have MyAuto and Audit Car, with which it will be able to double-check the data and find violators who own vehicles, who will be automatically fined.

It is estimated that more than 1.2 million people are perpetrators today. Owners do not insure their cars, there are more than 650,000 of them, and the number of owners who did not pay road tax in 2021 is approaching a million. According to the Treasury, the state loses more than 100 million euros a year from car owners on this item alone, and the total amount of lost fees exceeds 400 million euros.

MyAuto service

MyAuto is an online service that provides real-time access to basic vehicle information such as road tax payments, due dates for a technical inspection (KTEO) and vehicle insurance dates.

Thus, the authorities and the traffic police will have access to the data of car owners who drive a car without insurance, those who have not paid the road tax or have not gone through KTEO!

The corresponding digital system, called Audit-Car, will be available to regulatory authorities (including traffic and patrol police), which will be able to easily and quickly check vehicle data.

Through the digital service myAuto, vehicle owners have real-time access to information about their vehicle, in particular:

the date of issue and revocation of the vehicle registration certificate and its other main elements; b) the date of payment of road tax, the duration of the insurance coverage and the history of insured events; the history of the Vehicle Technical Inspection Center (KTEO) in Greece or abroad, if the vehicle was imported used, based on intersections and kilometers traveled; the type and model of the vehicle; installation of a vehicle in a temporary parking lot (with the removal of numbers); technical inspection of the vehicle; his inclusion in the register of stolen vehicles in the Greek police.

The same information is accessed by vehicle controls through the digital Audit-Car service.

Penalties

Law 489/76 provides that the registration of a vehicle without a special insurance certificate entails the removal of the license plates, as well as the revocation of the driver’s license and the withdrawal of the registration certificate for a period of 6 months.

The cause of the accident due to a vehicle without the aforementioned insurance entails the withdrawal of the license plates and the driver’s license for a period of two years if repeated within three years. A fine is also imposed in favor of the Subsidiary Fund, confirmed by an act of the Police Directorate and levied in accordance with the relevant KEDE regulations, in the amount of 1000 euros for buses + VAT, 500 euros for cars and other vehicles of all types and from 250 euros for two-wheeled vehicles.

The registration certificate and license plates can be returned to the vehicle owner before the above periods have expired if he pays the fine and provides a receipt of payment, as well as a valid insurance policy for the car.

Also, the law provides for criminal sanctions, which include imprisonment from 2 months to 1 year and a fine of up to 3,000 euros.

After completing the process of identifying parts in the uninsured vehicle, a notification will be sent to Γ.Γ.Π.Σ. each owner, in order to insure his vehicle for 8 days or to explain why he does not, paid a contribution (παράβολο) of 250 euros to be insured. If the owner does not do the above, he will be fined another 500 euros, and the above administrative and criminal sanctions will be applied to him!

According to the law, if your car is new, you must pass KTEO after 4 years from the date of purchase, and then it will be checked every 2 years. If you fail to meet the deadline, then pay a fine to the KTEO fund so that an audit can be carried out. The amount you pay depends on the delay and is estimated at € 16 for a delay of up to 30 days, € 33 for a delay of 30 days to 6 months and € 65 for a delay of more than 6 months.

If the system sends you a notification about the fine, it will amount to 150 euros. If the violation is under the control of the traffic police, the fine will rise to EUR 400, which can be capped at 1/8 (EUR 50) if the vehicle owner presents a document (card) from KTEO within 10 days.

The penalty for failure to pass the inspection in time for trucks over 3.5 tons, taxis, ambulances, KTEO buses is set at 400 euros, which can be limited to 1/2 (200 euros) if the vehicle owner presents a KTEO ticket valid for 10 days.

If someone has not paid the road tax on time and this is found out during the inspection by the traffic police, then the license plates and the license are withdrawn on the spot until the owner of the vehicle presents a receipt for payment, which will be twice the original amount.

Note: Transport (road) tax must be paid by 02.26.2021, or license plates must be returned by the above deadline. Otherwise, late payment will result in a penalty of 100% of the vehicle’s road tax.

See also:

Road tax 2021





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