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Post by Gromit on Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:18 pm

Tax on my car expires 31st April so I logged onto the Govt. site to renew.

It spat me out because I don't have an MOT certificate. I didn't anticipate a problem as there's now a 6 month extension.

What have I missed??


Edit. Just discovered that you have to wait until three days before the MOT was due before applying to renew vehicle tax.

Can't understand why, but that appears to be the situation.  scratch head   shrugg


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Post by Weegie on Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:23 pm

Has your MOT expired yet?

I understand the extension would only be applied when the MOT actually expires. So, you'll probably need to wait until then.
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Post by Gromit on Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:23 pm

Thanks Weegie. I was editing as you posted. (See above).
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:28 pm

Yes, it will be extended a few days before it expires. Check three days before and if not there is a email to contact see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

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Post by Cymro on Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:41 am

Gromit wrote:Tax on my car expires 31st April ......

So it'll never expire!

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Post by roli on Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:20 am

MOT on van due next month.   Saw a notice last week re 6 month extension. Taxed it this morning on line no problems
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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:07 am

Nice one Cymro!!   Whistle1   lol4

Roger: Likewise my car, but I can't tax it online as yet. Can't see the logic in making us wait until just a few days before it's due?  No doubt there is a reason, but it's not immediately apparent to me.  scratch head

Thanks Peter. I had eventually found that link.


Edit:- Just tried again, and was spat out once more. What has Roli got that I haven't?  Whistle1 hugegrins
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Post by paul bullock on Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:22 pm

Hi , did mine on the auto phone line with the V11 no problem Regards       Paul    wave
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Post by mikethebike on Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:51 pm

If it was me i would wait till the end of the month.


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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:10 pm

I don't seem to have any choice Micky!!
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Post by johndean on Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:25 pm

yes taxed my 1 year old Fairford online last night for may 1st start, bit expensive at £260 ish for year

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Post by roli on Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:33 pm

Its odd you couldnt do it Dave.   Have been talking to a mate in Wales this morning whose van was due for MOT and Tax and he also had problems.   When he queried it over phone he was told to try again in 2 weeks time ?

The bu....ers have put the Tax up again
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Post by pstallwood on Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:12 pm

I have put our three vehicles on D/D to tax. Saves me forgetting. MOTs and Insurances are entered in my computer's calendar a few weeks before they are due.

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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:32 pm

Hi Peter

I just discovered that gov.uk are offering a service whereby they will tell you via text ot email when your MOT is shortly to be due.

Good service I thought!  up!
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Post by bikeralw on Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:45 pm

Could I ask why people are so desperate to renew their tax when their old one doesn't expire for another 3 weeks??

Half of us might be dead by then..

Unless I'm going to be away, (not applicable to any of us right now) I renew the night before it's due.
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Post by rgermain on Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:49 pm

bikeralw wrote:Could I ask why people are so desperate to renew their tax when their old one doesn't expire for another 3 weeks??

Half of us might be dead by then..

Unless I'm going to be away, (not applicable to any of us right now) I renew the night before it's due.
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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:05 pm

Does it cost less if you wait until the last minute?  Whistle1 hugegrins

It has to be paid, so I'm inclined to do it as soon as the reminder comes through. Can't see that it makes the slightest difference whether it's done early or at the last minute. I just like to get it out of the way - it's one less chore to bother with then.
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Post by groundhog on Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:34 pm

Seems the fine for driving with no tax is £80, halved if paid within 28 days. No points on your licence

Hang on a minute...... scratch head
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Post by Slaphead on Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:35 pm

groundhog wrote:Seems the fine for driving with no tax is £80, halved if paid within 28 days. No points on your licence

Hang on a minute...... scratch head
I got booked last year while taking the van for an MOT while sorned (subsequently cancelled) and the fine from memory was a lot more than £80 although I see on line that £80 is indicated.  I am now confused. rolleyes

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Post by mikethebike on Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:54 am

+ back tax from when it was last taxed.

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Post by groundhog on Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:30 am

Hardly an incentive to follow the law though is it, fine should be 10 times that!
Better yet scrap road tax altogether and add a couple of pence to a litre of fuel.
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Post by rgermain on Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:58 am

groundhog wrote:Hardly an incentive to follow the law though is it, fine should be 10 times that!
Better yet scrap road tax altogether and add a couple of pence to a litre of fuel.
That's the best comment I have seen on this Forum for ages smile! smile!

It works in most other Countries.
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Post by brodco on Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:00 pm

Hi wave

Slaphead wrote:
I got booked last year while taking the van for an MOT while sorned (subsequently cancelled) and the fine from memory was a lot more than £80 although I see on line that £80 is indicated.  I am now confused. rolleyes

I thought you were allowed to drive to a prearranged MOT because you can’t tax the vehicle without it. I think I would have contested that.

groundhog wrote:Hardly an incentive to follow the law though is it, fine should be 10 times that!
Better yet scrap road tax altogether and add a couple of pence to a litre of fuel.

Works for me shame it won’t happen. I have a spare car that I use when I can’t take the van (height barriers, multi story car parks etc) and I pay more a year in road tax than petrol.  My choice to keep the car though.  think_smiley_46

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Post by Paulmold on Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:16 pm

Gromit wrote:Hi Peter

I just discovered that gov.uk are offering a service whereby they will tell you via text ot email when your MOT is shortly to be due.

Good service I thought!  up!
I used to use an app for the reminders but rarely got a reminder. I found out a couple of years ago that the DVLA did same thing so have used it for couple of years now and it does work. If I remember correctly a reminder comes 4 weeks before then another 7 days before.

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Post by mikethebike on Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:45 pm

groundhog wrote:Hardly an incentive to follow the law though is it, fine should be 10 times that!
Better yet scrap road tax altogether and add a couple of pence to a litre of fuel.

Sounds easy. However still need cars registered.Electric cars coming so new ideas needed. wave

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