Correct, Robert. The process requires that when you submit all the papers to the prefecture it must include - if the vehicle is over 4 years old - a valid CT. As at this stage you have not been issued with a French number you have to have the CT carried out with your UK plates still on. The CT station will require the UK logbook & the European conformity number. This number can be found on later V5Cs under row K if the car is fairly new, I think 2002 or newer. If not, you will need to submit the actual European Certificate of Conformity which is available for most post 1997 cars.
Although the CT people can accept the COC number from the V5C the French Government still demands a PHYSICAL document to be presented at the prefecture although I have heard of a couple of cases where arguing with the officials has sometimes got round this. For the cost of a years road tax I would just buy the thing & get my CG first time!
You are officially given a month to get your vehicle registered & EU law allows an exception to the UK car/UK insurance rule just for this purpose.
(EEC Directive 2009/103/EC para 27).
"Steps should be taken to make it easier to obtain insurance cover for vehicles imported from one Member State to another even though the vehicle is not yet registered in the Member State of destination. A temporary derogation from the general rule determining the Member State where the risk is situated should be made available. For a period of 30 days from the date when the vehicle is delivered, made available or despatched to the purchaser, the Member State of destination should be considered to be the Member State where the risk is situated."
A French insurance company is only allowed to provide temporary cover to a foreign registered vehicle. To continue to do so must surely mean that THEY are doing something dodgy?
I came across this in my research too, from EUR-Lex, the website for European law:-
8 Article 2(1) of the Second Directive provides:
‘Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that any statutory provision or any contractual clause contained in an insurance policy issued in accordance with Article 3(1) of [the first Directive], which excludes from insurance the use or driving of vehicles by:
– persons who do not have express or implied authorisation thereto, or
– persons who do not hold a licence permitting them to drive the vehicle concerned, or
– persons who are in breach of the statutory technical requirements concerning the condition and safety of the vehicle concerned,
shall, for the purposes of Article 3(1) of [the First Directive], be deemed to be void in respect of claims by third parties who have been victims of an accident."
Statutory technical requirements, like a valid MOT?