Originally Posted by Heath68
maybe all I now need to do is check out the legality of using a quad bike (registered etc in the UK) as a visitors form of transport...
Well every country is going to be different. Here's how it would go at C&I in the BVI, a place I know well...
Heath68: Good day sir, I'd like to temporarily import
my quad bike/Jet Ski to use while I'm here in your beautiful islands. How do I go about that?
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, import
vehicles is subject to a 20% tax on the value of the vehicle, payable in cash before the vehicle leaves the compound.
Heath68: But I don't want to import it, I only want to temporarily import it.
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, how do we know you will take it with you when you leave? Vehicles are difficult to come by here in the islands so someone might offer you a lot of money
for it and you might decide to sell.
Heath68: Ok, Ok, I understand. So, when I leave... How do I get my money
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, you come back here, fill in the 23 forms to say you have cleared oUt and the vehicle is aboard your vessel, then I send in the forms for payment and then, in about 3 months, you'll get a check for your money.
Heath68: A check! In 3 months! I have to pay cash immediately but I get a check in 3 months! That doesn't seem right? I don't know where I'll be in 3 months.
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, that's the way it works. Take it or leave it.
Heath68: I'm beginning to wish I hadn't bothered! Oh well, I'm here now so... Ok, so I paid $5000 for this so 20% of that is $1000, I'll have to go to an ATM to get the cash. Where is the nearest ATM?
BVI C&I Official: well, sir, the one here isn't working right now so you'll have to go into town. You can't ride the quad bike because that hasn't been imported yet so you'll have to get a taxi. Also, you don't need $1000 you need $4000 because I assess the value of your quad bike at $20000 because that's what I think it would cost to buy one here in the islands.
Heath68: $4000 are you kidding me? I can't get $4000 today out of an ATM, I can only get $1000 per day.
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, I guess I'll be seeing you again in 4 days time.
BVI C&I Official: Just before you leave, sir, I have one final question for you... What size engine
does your quad bike have?
Heath68: 1000cc. Why?
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, that's a shame because the quad bike is classed as a motorcycle and motor
cycles in the BVI have to be 125cc or less so you can't use it anywhere in the BVI.
Heath68: So, I've just wasted 3 hours of my life discussing this with you only to find I can't even use it on the road. I can't believe this. I thought this place was supposed to be paradise and it's just full of petty rules, just like my home country. Oh, well, I suppose I'll just have to use it as a jet ski.
BVI C&I Official: Well, sir, I'm afraid you can't do that either. We don't allow the use of jet skis here in the BVI unless they were here before the rule
came in back in 1990. So You'd better get back on that thing and hook it up on your boat before I confiscate it. Have a nice day.