Officially Old, At Last

29 11 2011

Yesterday I picked up Taiga Lily from the “Beetle Clinic”, a Berlin based garage for air-cooled Volkswagens. They fixed a broken windscreen wiper switch and the horn is finally working again. But mainly they ran Taiga Lily through her “Oldtimer Begutachtung” (German for Classic Car Examination). In Germany, to obtain the status of a classic car or “Oldtimer”, the car needs to be older than 30 years, in overall good condition (compared to “normal cars of that age”), and altogether technically sound. In addition, all parts, such as outer body, engine, dashboard, seats, or radio, need to be original, or at least contemporary. This is checked and certified by an independent official examiner. The status is documented by a new version of the number plate, now with an “H” at the end, for historical vehicle. This is more important than it sounds. One or two years ago the environmental laws in Germany were changed and now cars without catalytic converters (or with older diesel engines without certain exhaust filter units) are not allowed anymore to enter the inner city areas of most German cities, including Berlin. The only cars without catalytic converters which are exempted from these laws are cars with an H registration. As we live in inner city Berlin, the last year was a bit frustrating – Taiga Lily was ready to go, but we were not allowed to drive to our street.
The good news is that Taiga Lily passed. And we can finally legally drive into Berlin. A bit of a shame that right now winter is starting and we will put her in a warm and dry garage for the next 3-4 months. But at least this step is done.

Taiga Lily with her old number plate.

First day with the "H plate" (historical vehicle)


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30 11 2011
Emily

woohoo! well done Roman

30 11 2011
Dr. T

Congrats to the “H”. Finally.
So, what about penetrating the Umweltzone and deliver some boxes?
SK

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