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Has anyone ever being charged with driving without a driver's license in Belgium? I am asking because I own a vehicle and my hubby uses it to drop off our children from school. It is in my names, I can not drive because I am studying and don't have the time to work on the driver's license. That means all the fines that come with dear hubby I pay so that my name stays clear but recently I got a court invitation charging me for not having a driver's license in spite of the fact the police agents have never controlled me!
Maybe it is a crime owning a vehicle until one is done with academics.

Advice please

J

I'd leave the country if I were you.

No - seriously, if you get convicted, this will bar you from getting Belgian nationality, it could cause you all sorts of problems with potential employment, and you have been driving without insurance and therefore could have faced huge bills if you'd had an accident.

I can't really understand how you might even have considered driving without a license. You'll struggle to prove that you owned a car you can't legally drive and have racked up fines for. If you paid the fine, that's an admission you were driving.

I think you need a lawyer.

Mar 17, 2019 23:15
socrate

I'm thinking out loud. I am unaware of a law requiring a driving license to buy a car. Nobody asked to see our driving licenses wen we bought cars, not even the insurance company. When my wife included me and our son on her insurance policy, that was not an issue either. Perhaps something has changed in the past few years. But when something arrives from the police, it is addressed to the owner, but it also asks who was driving. You will always be responsible for having insurance, but if you have insurance and your hubby has a driving license, that could be the way to go. But as J recommended, you should see a lawyer. If you have taken out a legal protection with your car insurance, you are likely to get a lawyer for free.

Mar 17, 2019 23:52
shortof

Time to come clean and time for your husband to learn to drive without getting fines and court summons, he obviously has a problem driving.

As for the safety of your children, that is really shocking you would have your children driven to school in this situation.

Read what you have written as if it is not you but someone else, then you will realize just how shocking your statement is.

Mar 18, 2019 10:42
shortof

The reason you have a court summons for driving a car without a driving licence is because the Police have cross referenced that you have been receiving and paying fines for your car, yet you state your husband was driving (which will now be doubted), now the cross reference has highlighted you own a car, have paid for fines on this car, yet you have not registered your driving licence with your local maison communale so there is no record you actually have a driving licence and there is the evidence you have yourself created that you are driving a car without a driving licence.

You need legal representation and you need to admit the truth, or you will be digging a deeper hole for yourself.

Mar 18, 2019 10:48
anon

I'm calling this one. Surely no one can be this stupid.

Mar 18, 2019 17:24
RPPKN

It is not a crime to own a vehicle even if you do not have a driver's licence. It is perfectly legal - even if you cannot drive and have no licence, you can buy a car, register it and then lend it to your family and friends.

However, if the family member or friend then commits a traffic infraction, then fine in most cases is sent to you, as you are the registered owner of the vehicle. What you have to do in this case it contest the fine, stating that you were not driving, and that you do not even know how to drive.

By paying these fines you have tacitly admitted that you indeed were driving the car. Since you don't have a licence, this is a serious offence.

Apparently your husband only uses the car to take the children to school and back? So no other driving? And despite this, he has made a number of traffic infractions ("all the fines"). I agree with the other responders; time to have a serious talk with "dear hubby" about his driving habits. Clearly he is not a safe driver, especially with children in the car.

Mar 19, 2019 07:46
shortof

Exactly right, you've paid the fine yourself in your name and yet you have not registered you have a driving licence because you don't have one and now this has been cross referenced, you've been summoned for driving your car (despite you stating it was not you). You should not have accepted those fines and should have stated your husband was driving. As far as the Police know, you've accepted you were driving and therefore driving without a driving licence.

Mar 19, 2019 09:17