Forgive my ignorance, I am looking at ways to switch the bluebird's headlights from lhd to rhd spec, perferably on a temporary basis.
To register my bluebird here in Jersey, I believe that they require the headlights to be set up to drive on the left hand side of the road. Mine are set up for driving on the right hand side of the road as the bluebird is lhd. As 99% of my driving in the bluebird will be on the continent, I am keen to switch the headlights to rhd configuration for the test for registration and then to switch back to lhd configuration. For the 1% that I plan to drive the bluebird here, it will be for a Sunday morning drive to keep the battery charged up.
Is it possible to switch the headlights setting from driving on the right hand side to driving on the left hand side of the road with the headlights in place, or would I have to source headlights from a rhd 550, install them and then reinstall my original headlights after the test?
Comments and suggestions would be much appreciated!
I live in Jersey and have registered a few cars here. Unfortunately, I don't think they will allow you to use beam deflectors so I suspect you may have to change for RHD headlights.
Also, they will want a speedo that has mph (I don't know whether EU kph speedo's also have mph on?).
Before you register the car here, you need to do a Customs declaration for GST & VED.
To get GST (a local tax) exemption on the car's value, you will need to claim either Jersey as a new place of residence (if you have relocated here) and that will also get you VED (another tax) relief. Or, you can claim 'Second residence relief' if you have lived in Jersey and kept the 550/575 at another residence that you own outside of Jersey for at least the 6 months prior. You must still have this residence when claiming the relief. You will have to pay an amount of VED which is calculated on engine size if bringing the car in under 'Second residence relief'.
Once you've got the stamped Customs papers, you go to DVS and file the paperwork and make an appointment for a vehicle inspection. To register the car, you also need a Jersey driving license.
I've got the DVS guideline sheet on registering lhd vehicles if you need it.
Just PM me and I'll make a copy.
Some of you reading this might not be aware that Jersey is not part of the UK and therefore has a different system of vehicle registration & requirements.
Of course, if you're not often here and still have a residence elsewhere, you could consider just keeping the car on EU plates. As long as you don't have a Jersey driving license, you can drive the car in Jersey for visits of up to 6 months at a time. You couldn't do this if you were exclusively living here though.
I think we passed each other a few weeks ago near the airport unless that was another Dutch plated 550/575 !