Loss or theft: the free gray card in the Hauts-de-France region ?
Would it be possible to stop paying for your gray card ? It was at the end of November 2019 that in Hauts-de-France, the general council voted for a total exemption from the regional tax on registration cards under one condition: buy a so-called “clean” vehicle. This decree will take effect from January 1, 2020. The people concerned will be buyers of vehicles that run on LPG or super ethanol, but also, of course, owners of hybrid or electric vehicles. Following a loss or theft, the reissue of the gray card remains chargeable except for owners of vehicles that comply with the conditions from 2020.
The duplicate gray card, a time-consuming process
When buying or repairing and putting a vehicle into circulation, the gray card is one of the first administrative steps to take.We are all familiar with this document which, as soon as a new vehicle is acquired, must be drawn up or updated. The procedures in the prefecture are long and painful.
Thus, with the democratization of online procedures, it is possible to do your gray card on secure websites. It saves everyone time and money. On a daily basis, administrative procedures can be a hindrance to leisure activities because they are time-consuming.
They can also generate stress, especially following a loss or theft. From now on, claims for duplicate registration documents can only be made online. Thanks to sites such as autodemarches.fr, it is now possible to update your gray card in less than 5 minutes without having to travel.
The processing of the documents provided is faster than in the prefecture. It is also possible to make online changes to your driver’s license. You will no longer have to worry about updating your documents and can hit the road with confidence.
If you live in the Hauts-de-France region and decide to acquire a vehicle beneficial to the environment, you will be able to benefit from the exemption from the tax on the gray card from 2020.
The free gray card, soon for everyone ?
Economy and ecology are two dominant axes of today’s society. If the collective effort is not at the rendezvous concerning the acquisition of less polluting vehicles, it is above all for a financial reason. Purchasing power being down, it is obvious that buying a hybrid or LPG-powered vehicle is not a priority for households. Exemption from the gray card tax, an initiative taken by the General Council of Hauts-de-France, should encourage people to choose a “clean” vehicle.
However, this effort is not sufficient to reduce the ecological impact of the use of fuels, especially since it only concerns the inhabitants of Hauts-de-France. As economic need takes priority over ecological need, it will take time for the majority of inhabitants to use less polluting vehicles. The gray card therefore remains chargeable for most households.