Bavaria seeks in-dealer registration

Munich. The Bavarian automobile industry wants vehicle registration to be available at dealerships.

Klaus Dieter Breitschwert, president of Bavaria's motor vehicle association, sees the idea as way to reduce bureaucracy and to make car registration easier for motorists.

Dealerships in the Netherlands have been allowed to register vehicles since the 1980s. In Germany, a car owner has to go to a state office to handle the task.

Germany's state governments already have given private businesses responsibility for other official chores such as exhaust analyses and safety checks. Breitschwert believe that transferring passenger-car registration to certified firms would be completely feasible because of modern communication technology.

He is not alone. Initiatives to change the way Germans register their cars are being considered at the state and federal levels. Another proponent for the change is former Christian Democratic Party General Secretary Rupert Polenz.

"With strong partners on the state and federal level," Polenz said, "a change in car registration leading to greater customer service should be possible."

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