Greek Returns Registration Plates on Horseback

Hors_greek-carDuring the final days of 2013, many taxpayers in Greece have gathered and stood for endless hours at their local tax offices and banks across the country, in order to hand back their motorcycle or car registration plates and to settle their outstanding debts.

A Greek man from Amaliada, western Greece chose a rather original and impressive way to give back his plates. He arrived at his local tax office on horseback. He stated that he can no longer afford to run a car and that he prefers to use his horse since the only expense is a little hay. “No more road tax and insurance,” he rejoiced.

Road tax in Greece is the highest in Europe and many citizens prefer to de-register their vehicles as their income has shrunk due to the austerity measures. Greek media have shown long lines of people at tax offices returning their plates in order to avoid having to pay road tax for 2014.

Car dealerships in Greece are struggling to survive. January-November sales declined by 40% compared to the same period in 2012, with only 55,000 new registrations for the first nine months of 2013.


  1. With so many plates being returned this will cause a sharp drop in revenue that Stournaras will have to explain and ask for yet another increase and more plates being returned. On a brighter note there will be a booming business for faux license plates. They just don’t get it!

  2. The Greek government are criminals and exploit their people. It’s outrageous what the Greek government has done to their people.

    The Greek government’s corruption and incompetence has left it’s people in poverty.

    Greece is now losing it’s young and brightest minds. Businesses are closing. Manufacturing is now all but non-existent. All thanks to the corrupt government. Food is taxed at 13%. Sales tax is 23%. Anyone making over 20,000 euro per year is taxed at 45%. Greek citizens can not afford this.

    The government officials should be tried and sent to prison for life.

  3. I don’t believe this. In summer 2013, I was travelling on the motorway A67 (I think it was) in Thessaloniki and it was a case of, slow down or get hit by the thousands of vehicles driving in the same direction of the 4 lane high way. It was chaos.

    Come to think of it, they were all coming from Republic of Macedonia…

  4. This is how my paternal forefather Mehmed picked up my Yia Yia in the late 17th century.