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Vehicle defects If a vehicle has defects, the vehicle owner is usually asked by the police or the LBV to remedy the defects or take the vehicle out of service. The owner is given a deadline to do so. The owner must act within this deadline. Otherwise,...

Vehicle defects
If a vehicle has defects, the vehicle owner is usually asked by the police or the LBV to remedy the defects or take the vehicle out of service. The owner is given a deadline to do so. The owner must act within this deadline. Otherwise, coercive measures such as compulsory decommissioning or a ban on operation will be initiated.

If the vehicle is not taken out of service, the owner must provide evidence that the defects have been remedied. This can be done by:

  • Copy of the invoice from a specialist workshop showing the rectification of the defect or
  • Copy of the report of an officially recognized expert or inspector confirming that the defect has been remedied.

The proof can be sent by regular mail, by fax or by email to Kfz-Zulassung@lbv.hamburg.de. The documents can also be handed in personally at the information desk at the respective location. Regardless of whether the police and/or the LBV issued the request to remedy the defect, the LBV should always receive the proof in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of work.

If the vehicle is taken out of service, the defects must be remedied by the time it is re-registered. Proof must then be provided at the time of re-registration.

Expired insurance coverage
A registered vehicle must always have insurance cover to cover any damage that may occur. If a vehicle is no longer insured, the insurance company will notify the LBV. The LBV must take immediate action, as the vehicle is only insured for 1 month from the date the LBV receives the notification.

The owner is repeatedly asked by the LBV in writing to take immediate action by taking the vehicle out of service or obtaining new insurance cover. Otherwise, the vehicle will be forcibly taken out of service. There is no extension of the deadline. After all deadlines have expired, the vehicle will be forcibly taken out of service if no new insurance confirmation is presented.

If the vehicle is not to be taken out of service, the owner must contact his or her insurance company or a new insurance company and arrange new insurance cover. The insurance company will send an insurance confirmation to the LBV electronically. This form of transmission can also be used to provide proof of insurance cover retrospectively, thus avoiding gaps in insurance.

In exceptional cases (particularly urgent), the eVB number can also be communicated to the LBV by fax or by email to Kfz-Zulassung@lbv.hamburg.de.

Vehicle sales
If a registered vehicle is sold, the new owner must immediately take the vehicle out of service or register it in their own name. If the new owner fails to comply with this obligation, the LBV will issue a request to take action. If the deadline is not met, the vehicle will be forced out of service. If a vehicle that has been forced out of service continues to be used on public roads, the owner is committing a criminal offense.

Important notes

Documents required

Vehicle defects

  • Copy of the invoice from a specialist workshop showing how the defect has been remedied or
  • Copy of the report from an officially recognized expert or auditor that proves that the defect has been remedied.

Expired insurance coverage

  • Insurance confirmation

Vehicle sales

  • Copy of the sales contract with full details of the buyer (name and address) and the vehicle (license plate number and vehicle identification number)

Please note

Vehicle sales abroad
When selling a vehicle abroad, it is advisable to put the vehicle out of service beforehand, as the feedback from abroad is not always reliably guaranteed.

Procedure & Fees

Fees

The fees range from EUR 25.60 to EUR 276.00 depending on the coercive measures introduced. The basis for the fee level is the fee schedule for measures in road traffic (GebOSt).

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