Can anyone help with a quick boring question re SORN? My car tax runs out at the end of this month - is Sunday. The car has been in the garage and is awaiting a part and is now booked for the fitting of that part, and the MOT on Monday. I am, however, going on holiday tomorrow for a week, so would noe be able to sort out the tax online until I return from holiday. Therefore, my car will be untaxed for a week. Should I delcare it SORN in this time (parking it offroad isnt a problem)? I think the answer is technically yes, but I was just wodnering in reality whether this is necessary, or whether there is any grace period on the tax? Anyone know much about this??? Thanks!
A handy hint that my cousin gave me years ago, and has been very useful, is to buy 6 months tax this year then annual from the next renewal. That way your tax and MOT will always be 6 months apart and you won't have the rush to get it MOT's before you can pay the tax.
(Sorry, this doesn't help you much with your current dilemma.)
Thanks for your speedy responses! Sorry, I didnt make that clear - the MOT has already run out. Took it in to be MOT-ed last week, and it needed a repair, which I had hoped would be done before tax ran out, but hasnt been possible. Otherwise yes, would just re-tax it, but I cant. Sounds like even though it is just a week it is really not worth the risk just in case, and I should just do a SORN, which I think can instantly be done online? When i subsequently tax it, does that override the SORN with immediate effect? So if I declare it SORN now, when I return from holiday I can go back online, by the tax disc, and drive it straight away...is that right does anyone know? Thanks again!
I see what you mean Fallen Madonna, so that I have the actual disc, not just online payment, but that I cna get the actual disc immediately too.
No, my car wont stay at the garage, but my mum is kindly collecting it and parking it in her garage, so definitely offroad.
I really dont want to get fined, so I think have reliased absoltuely no reason no to do the 'right' thing and get a SORN online now, then dont have to worry about it at all. My only hesitation in doing that was that it would take a while to 'be undone' meaning I couldnt drive the car once I got back and had taxed it. Have tired to phone the DVLA to check the procedure but they arent taking calls today because of a strike. But ultimately, I dont want to risk a fine, so will just do a SORN.
It does really you know! I keep thinking 'but I am not trying to avoid paying my tax or do anything illegal or scammy' - I am trying to get it right, but the answers online are never quite the ones you are looking for...and then of course no-one is availble to talk to at the DVLA! BUt I think I know what I am doing now!