OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 860 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5699 times:
Might it be that these cars are just 'temporarily' in the US? A year or so ago an Estonian crew did an around-the-world tour with three G-class Mercedes' cars, and if I recall correctly they never had to change their licence plates for just a trip through all the countries they visited.
Maybe these German cars are also just 'visiting' NY? In that case, I would imagine they're perfectly legal. I've seen Illionois licence plates in Estonia, for example.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5683 times:
Doug is correct and QV745 is probably correct, depending on the circumstance. IIRC, U.S. law allows tourists to import their own vehicles for temporary use, for example. There is a usage time limit. I have heard it is particularly difficult (if not impossible) to do so with vehicles that do not meet fed safety/emmissions regs. This is dated info, so I may be a bit wet on that. Regards...Jack
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2679 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5671 times:
I saw a euro style plate on a brand new BMW 545i down in florida.. it was American in size, but european in style. It was weird because it had the german registration stickers, with the EU blue band, but it said "USA" on it... very very strange.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5648 times:
I had a replica Transvaal province (South Africa) European-style license plate on my Discovery when I lived in Texas and Georgia. I bought it off the internet. I was pulled over multiple times for various infractions in both states and the cops never said a word about it. I'm sure you're allowed to have them as long as the state doesn't require you to have both front and rear plates. My friend on the other hand had an old US Virgin Islands license plate that he bought when he was down there, and since it looked just like a normal license plate he was pulled over and given a ticket.
KL642 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 350 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5641 times:
Way back when I was a kid in the 1960's my parents bought a VW Beetle at Shipside Duty Free Cars at Schiphol Airport and used my Mom's KLM employee discount to have the car shipped to JFK. My Dad had 30 days to register the car in NY state and get NY license plates for the car. So for a month we were driving around NYC with Dutch license plates.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5595 times:
Re: I had a replica Transvaal province (South Africa) European-style license plate on my Discovery
Me too ! But then, I was living in the Transvaal Did you have Transvaal plates for any particular reason ? Its just that Transvaal plates (as all SA plates were when Transvaal still existed) were very boring - just yellow, with black letters - the last being "T" (for Transvaal). Plates in other provinces at least indicated the town of registration as well eg CA (C=Cape Province A=Cape Town), or ND (N=Natal, D=Durban). Transvaal was the first province to computerise its car registration system, and so the town designation was dropped.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13596 posts, RR: 63 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5571 times:
American military personnel based in Germany often use number plates for their own cars which are very similar to German plates. They also have the blue "Euro" band on them, but with USA embossed and the registration stickers look very similar to German ones (at least from a distance). The idea was that terrorists would have it a bit more difficult to pick out American soldiers than with the old style "American" number plates.
The British forces in Germany had a similar program after IRA attacks on their vehicles. Every car owned by a British soldier with left hand steering would get a "German" number plate.
Maybe the cars you saw belonged to American soldiers, who just returned from overseas duty?
Rabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1001 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5570 times:
"I saw a euro style plate on a brand new BMW 545i down in florida.. it was American in size, but european in style. It was weird because it had the german registration stickers, with the EU blue band, but it said "USA" on it... very very strange."
maybe this was a car of a member of the US military forces in germany. since 2 years or so, they issue plates that look perfectly german besides that they have USA in the blue band. the first letters, which ususally indicate the city or region where the car is registered, are "AD" and "HK", which are not used by german authorities. "S", as in the abowe example, would be Stuttgart.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5540 times:
Me too ! But then, I was living in the Transvaal Did you have Transvaal plates for any particular reason ?
Well, actually both my grandparents grew up in Pretoria before moving back to Birmingham, and then immigrating to America before the start of WWII. I don't have any 'real' connection to South Africa other than that. I just found the plates on a website along with a bunch of other SA province's plates. Since I actually had a connection to the Transvaal, I chose those plates even though they were a lot less colorful than the other ones availible.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5530 times:
JCS-17 - you should have had "TP" plates then - the old code for Pretoria before computerisation. BTW, Pretoria drivers are all maniacs, even for South African drivers they're nutters ! Pretoria's a pretty city, but I have very non-fond memories of it, I did some of my military service there - euww !