Parked ghost cars, even
Just be careful if you just bought a new Rolls-Royce Ghost. The police in Arnhem have apparently opened a manhunt for ghost cars. This week they confiscated a few and then unceremoniously scrapped them. Of course it wasn’t about ghostly cars (Phantom, Wraith, Ghost) from Rolls-Royce, but about foreign cars that had a smell.
Ghost cars are vehicles with an invalid foreign registration number. In their home country, they would soon run into the light, for example by an ANPR camera (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) or when visiting the garage. In another country, these illegal vehicles are less likely to be caught. Only when the police specifically check the vehicle will they be able to see if it is a ghost vehicle. (By the way, this also happens the other way around, with Dutch cars abroad.)
Why would you want to drive a ghost car?
If a car is not officially registered, no one will ask for road tax or insurance money. Fines will probably not reach anyone either. In Arnhem, for example, Romanian people drove a kicked-off Golf with Finnish license plates. The drivers abandoned the vehicle without any problems. A Polish-registered van was also spotted that has not been officially registered since 2013. Eight years of free driving, that makes a difference.