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Hi all,

I am going to be relocating from Montreal, Canada to Amsterdam, Netherlands for work in a few months. I am wondering if I should take my Canadian 2018 GTS Super 300 with me or buy a European model once I am there. Work will be paying for my moving costs, so shipping it isn't a cost factor for me. I'm more concerned about meeting European emissions standards.

Any thoughts?
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Since you have a few months i'd start emailing/ calling ahead to see if you'll have any problems meeting emissions/ safety requirements for your new locale. So long as you dont hear no right away, i'd risk it and take my toys with me.

If it does look like you wont be able to register it, do you have a friends/ family you could leave the Vespa with? That way you have something to use when you come back and visit? Or you could sell it and use whatever money you get towards a new 2022 when you get settled???
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How long do you stay in the Netherlands?
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I would imagine your Vespa conforms to Euro 4 standards? That would be fine in the EU low-emissions zones. It depends on where you go in the Netherlands to what restrictions are in place.

Amsterdam:

https://urbanaccessregulations.eu/countries-mainmenu-147/netherlands-mainmenu-88/amsterdam
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Having lived/ridden/worked over seas for near 40 years-----always better to buy local in the end. Just less hassle.
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I know it isn't worth it with cars
When we were living in Germany some work colleagues tried to import a US car..it took them 9 months to get everything up to code (TUUV) and make it legal. It isn't worth it.

Buy something reasonable over there, and sell it when you leave.

The exception is if you are a member of the military, there are special rules...but it doesn't sound like that is the case.
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Thanks all for the replies.

MJRally: I am already planning on storing my first scoot - a 2006 LX150, which I am sure would not pass emissions standards Laughing emoticon

Attila: My stay is indefinite. I'm assuming a minimum of 2 years - but it could be longer. I may also be headed to Asia afterwards, rather than returning to Canada. It's a large unknown at this point.

johnymore: I believe the 2018 North American versions are Euro 4 compliant... but I'm concerned about future Euro 5, 6, etc. compliance. I admit I haven't done much research here yet to figure out what is coming into force and when.

john Grinsel: I had paperwork issues preventing me from registering my 2006 LX150 in the US when I moved there for work in 2007. I ended up continuing to renew my Canadian registration for the time I was there. Much easier than rectifying the paperwork issues given the shared border - and not really a possibility when there is an ocean in between. Razz emoticon

Jimjar: I am a civilian, not military, so I won't benefit from any special military rules. I have friends that recently imported a car from the US to Italy when they moved - but he is military, so it was a rather easy process for them.
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From what I know, the importation of vehicles to Italy from the USA is not problematic for anti-pollution regulations but for tax regulations and for the approval of electrical devices (lights and their position).
In Italy you would mainly have to reactivate the original turn indicators and remove the front side reflectors, the Vespa would obtain Euro homologation based on the year of manufacture obtainable on request from Piaggio.
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I've read several threads like this and they all came to the conclusion that unless there was sentimental value it was easier and cheaper to sell and buy another one when you get there.

Good luck.
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Attila wrote:
From what I know, the importation of vehicles to Italy from the USA is not problematic for anti-pollution regulations but for tax regulations and for the approval of electrical devices (lights and their position).
In Italy you would mainly have to reactivate the original turn indicators and remove the front side reflectors, the Vespa would obtain Euro homologation based on the year of manufacture obtainable on request from Piaggio.
GTS doesn't have US specific lights on it as the stock ones are wide enough at least in the US. It is only the narrower 150s that have the DOT stalks. I can't speak for Canadian requirements but since they are usually the same for vehicles I would expect them to be originals. I've never heard of having to remove extra reflectors anywhere.

That said, I think it would be much easier to sell the GTS before leaving and buy another once there.
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My friend and her husband moved to Germany from Canada with their GTSs.

Emissions aren't a problem. Turned out that reflectors need changing though. Authorities in Germany are particularly picky.

Stephanie Yue (Quezzie) flew from Toronto to Barcelona a couple of years ago and had no issues, but she was just touring, so still had her Rhode Island plate.

The sticklers show up when the time comes to register the bike.
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Re: Moving from Canada to Netherlands - Take my scoot?
travellin_canuck wrote:
Hi all,

I am going to be relocating from Montreal, Canada to Amsterdam, Netherlands for work in a few months. I am wondering if I should take my Canadian 2018 GTS Super 300 with me or buy a European model once I am there. Work will be paying for my moving costs, so shipping it isn't a cost factor for me. I'm more concerned about meeting European emissions standards.

Any thoughts?
Unless you have a particular reason for wanting your GTS there and don't mind the huge amount of paperwork and possible custom complication (money is not the only issue when you try to move vehicles from one country to another...) For instance you will need to remove all fluids from the GTS before it is crated and this is just one of the hurdle they will make you go through... If you are doing the importing yourself, it is a very time consuming process

Frankly, the Euro 4 or 5, will be the last of your worries...

If I were in you, and you don't plan to move to the Netherlands permanently, I would store your GTS somewhere, and buy myself a new Giant or Trek bike once there (most common form of transportation) and enjoy the completely different culture..
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