Hamilton is the acting and current capital of Bermuda, which is British Overseas Territory. With white sand beaches and pristine clear waters, it attracts tourists from all over the world.
In case you are planning to stay on a long term basis or retiring to the panoramic destination, you might want to have your own car in Hamilton.
Specifications of owning car in Bermuda.
Overall, driving in the country is very restricted and therefore same goes for the import process. Only one person per household is allowed to own a car in Bermuda. At the same time, visitors to Hamilton or in Bermuda won’t be allowed to rent or to drive someone else’s car. Those who here and have a valid driver’s license are the only ones allowed to operate a vehicle. Nevertheless, there are no provisions regarding mopeds or scooters and this is why it is the preferred means of transportation. However, if you choose to import a car, there are things that you have to consider.
The Motor Car Act of 1952 sets forth the particular regulations which have to be abided by. The car has to be new and no older than 6 months at the time of the import. Additionally, it is important that you are the first owner of the vehicle.
Prior to importing any kind of vehicle in Bermuda, you have to complete an application form in writing to the Bermuda Transport Department. They issue the permissions. The applications have to include the specifications of the vehicle such as make and model as well as to state the dimensions of the vehicle. Emissions Certificate is also required. The Director of the Department must approve the applications in order to allow import.
There are also physical conditions which have to be met in order to import a vehicle to Bermuda. The maximum length is 175 inches, the width is 71 inches. The engine capacity should be no more than 2,500 cubic centimeters and the power is no more than 10.5 kilograms per kilowatt.
Prior to the import process, the authorities have to be informed about the make and the model of the car and you need to prove the specifications. It’s also important to note that the 1952 act has never been amended.
Prior to importing the car, you need to provide the following documents and send them to the authorities:
- Letter with reasoning for the import.
- A manufacturer’s brochure indicating the specifications of the vehicle.
- Certificate for emissions.
- Bill of Sale.
- Overseas registration.
- Title Certificate.
There are eight classifications and the vehicle has to fall within one of them in order to qualify for a motor vehicle license. They range from class A at 138” length to Class H at 175” in length. However, the cars aren’t allowed to exceed more than 71” in height.
The fees are rather regular – taxes for initial registration. However, you must make sure to check the H.M. Bermuda’s Customs website for further information or other provisions.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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