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mikelapta



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28/02/2010 12:34

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Have been to Larnaca several times last year with no problems.

Yesterday,Saturday tried to cross in a friend's new car (I was passenger)

Was not allowed to get insurance,because we did not have road tax for the South.

And,of course,it was Saturday,and the policeman who issues was not there,and office closed.

So we had the hassle of finding a taxi to catch flight from Larnaca.

Is this a new rule?

Anyone else have this problem?

Mike.



Groucho



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28/02/2010 12:39

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Mike is it the MOT cert for the south you mean? If so, no it's not a new rule.



From bitter experience (4 years ago when our car was brand new) you need to take the registration document to the MOT office at Metehan, and it is not open 24/7.



mikelapta



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28/02/2010 12:46

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Groucho,the Greek's English was limited.I understood it was road tax.Maybe MOT,on a car not 3 months old?

I did not have to show last year on a very old car.

Oh,this paper you get on weekday's only,lasts for a year.

My friend and I have both agreed,pay the extra and fly from Ercan.

Incidentally,taxi from Metahan to Larnaca was 40euro.



spider


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28/02/2010 12:49

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Yes mike it did to us last year too..we had no road tax..and this is what will happen.And yes i too had to had get a taxi to the airport...after all its down to us to get both insurance and road tax..



How true.!! whats new.?



Spider,X



come_on_aylin


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28/02/2010 13:05

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A few things about this - it's not a new thing, it's required for all cars, it's annual, it's free, you need your car registration documents to get it, the office is only open weekdays and as far as I remember only in the morning. I would also advise getting whoever is going to drive the car in the South is named on this (MOT/Road tax/whatever it is) document as on the insurance document we had issued at Metahan it specifically says that the drivers should be named on both documents. Can't remember the exact wording. On this last point you may have to insist as they seem reluctant to add more than one name.



Maz


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28/02/2010 19:13

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It is sad that not so long ago, the MOT issuing office was open the same hours as the insurance offices, so it was not a problem. Then the Government Officewrs went on strike or some such and everything changed, so you have to make sure you collect Mon to Fri a.m. (Government hours, or some such). Bit of a bind as it means you have to go over the border to get it and then come back. No way round having your in and out stmap either.



And yes, it is free, and valid for a year. And it applies to all cars.



It IS a bit of a bin d, and for flying from Larnaca, I don'ty think it is worht it, especially if you are parking your car over there. Definitely better to find a friend who will help, or fly from Ercan.



Groucho



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28/02/2010 19:33

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As far as I know this office is on the Greek side and staffed by GC's please bear this in mind before anyone has a pop at the TC's.



TheStonedCrow


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28/02/2010 21:02

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Mesg 3



There is no difference between new or old cars OR young or old people and



no difference who you are this has been the same since the gates opened



as for the GREEK person not speaking much English did you not converse with

him in Greek or do you expect the whole world to speak to you in English !!!



TSC



Dusterbruce


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28/02/2010 21:23

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The joys of flying from Larnaca!



Texas


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28/02/2010 21:29

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They let me off twice before, when the Tax office was closed.



Of course I treated them with respect and they smiled and told me when the office was open.



I could have been cocky and said the Turks should have carried on to Larnaca, but I doubt if that would have helped!



Maz


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28/02/2010 21:40

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Hope no one is blaming the TC's and hope no one thought I was! It is a law on the other side. Personally I always speak in Greek, cos I don't see why I should expect everyone to speak English. (just a bit too arrogant that and guaranteed to put people;s backs up). My Greek is not much cop, but a kalimea and parakalo etc, can bring a smile to the sternest face, but you cannot change the law that says you MUST have a Greek MOT which is available only on the GC side and at the appropriate times.



Of course, I am not sure what conditions the GC's face when they come over, do you.



spider


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28/02/2010 21:47

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Marie...your last comment, I for one have never seen on this side a tax,insurance,or MOT.office for the GCs to stop at and get ant documentation,But they seem to drive over here.!! Perhaps someone somewhere could explain.!!







Spider,x



girne 29


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28/02/2010 22:12

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message 8



"as for the GREEK person not speaking much English did you not converse with

him in Greek or do you expect the whole world to speak to you in English !!! "



Mike just said the greek person had limited English,which was true,and that presented a problem which was also true.Why does that make you angry? Anyway was it not the language of the courts up till 89 and of legislation till 96,so finding someone speaking English is hardly rare.

He didnt say he expected the person to speak English or for the whole world to speak English., and he probably didnt converse in Greek because Mike doesnt speak Greek. Using your logic ,I would have needed to learn 20 languages in my travels.



If I tell you in good faith that its easy to get lost when travelling in Beijing transport system because all the signs are in Mandarin and no-one speaks English,you would translate that into me expecting the Chinese should all speak English, and asking why I didnt speak Mandarin to station staff



Tootie


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Message Posted:
28/02/2010 22:24

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They can all understand English if & when they want too.



Texas


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Message Posted:
28/02/2010 22:49

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It's ROC CAR TAX, not ROC MOT.



Simples. (Squeak).



carollynne


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Message Posted:
28/02/2010 22:50

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Crossing from the south to the north, the only paperwork I have shown is my insurance document for the north and my passport.



Carollynne



karakum5c



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28/02/2010 23:59

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Take a British Challenger Tank with you next time and see if they run or ask for the right documents !





Being Greek they will run !





And blame everyone else for their predicament.............its the Greek way !



Maz


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01/03/2010 00:18

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Spider, there are Kiosks that say where to buy Insurance when you come over form the south. I guess in the main we don't notice them, but look next time. And I think it is pretty pricey. As to MOT, maybe not. Don't know, but as to the lady who says she just has insurance, I don't understand how she gets it without one of the Greek docuyments, because I can never get insurance unless I have my greek document, which I understood was M.O.T, but even if it is Tax, makes no difference, yhou have to have it.

Maybe the lady in question bought an annual insurance, or she has been doing to a different insurance booth to me.

Ionly know that I had to turn back a couple of years back because I was not allowed to buy insurance, and no way was I (and the people I was with) going to pay for a taxi.

But rules, is rules.

And as to 'them' speaking English - some of them are good, but there are many who speak very little English (apart from the foreign E.U. workers!). And why should they?



newscoop


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Message Posted:
01/03/2010 00:25

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Marie;



The lady you refer to lives in the south and as stated has north insurance.



As to cost, they get a hefty discount if they get long term as opposed to one month.



carollynne


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Message Posted:
01/03/2010 06:56

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MarieB,



You are quite right I do have annual insurance, but prior to buying annual insurance, I used to purchase monthly or 3 monthly insurance. The only document I have ever shown to purchase insurance for the north of Cyprus is my passport.



rdsteve


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01/03/2010 07:24

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I think the reason that if you are in the South you only have to buy insurance is because the South is in the EU therefore all paperwork is recognised in the North and bearing in mind the North gets EU money there must be a tie up somewhere due to Cyprus being in the EU (only my surmisation so please don't jump on me for it). Unforunatly the North is only recognised by Turkey so that is why the South wants you to have roadtax. I believe you do not have to pay for it but display it so they can see your car is taxed. Don't think it is an unreasonable request. New rule in the South from last week that a RoC registered car must not have stickers in the front window that blocks out windowscreen area. Yes you have guessed it you don't have to display a tax disc. Police have palm held computers that they put your reg number in and it tells them wether the car is taxed, insured and MOT. Only just got to grips with speed guns palm computers LOL



Steve



nostradamus


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01/03/2010 07:27

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Isurance south to north is much cheaper - have just renewed an annual policy here (although not at the border) and it was only 80 euros.



keithr


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01/03/2010 08:21

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Last year I helped my new neighbour by going with him to Larnaca via Pila border. I/we didn't know about this document,so he got a lift from some very good TC's and came back in a taxi to the border 30.00 from the airport !!



I sat in no mans land and practised my turkish with a charming lady called Rabiye Sahir, who sells the greek side insurance and even had dinner with her and a couple of customs guys !!! Lovely kofte and spinach with yoghurt,shame my neighbour arrived back halfway through !!!



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