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What happens if you are late getting your car tax? Am worried!

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notveryorganised · 31/03/2008 19:45

Realised on friday that I have 'misplaced' my MOT certificate, was looking for it as car taxdue tomorrow.Rang the garage that did it for advice and they suggested getting it re- mot'd as it is due in 3 weeks anyway.I am having this done tomorrow in which case it will be fine as can go straight to get car tax.

However if it doesnt pass and it needs to stay in the garage I will be stuffed!

How strict are the car tax people, will i get fined for getting it a few days late, do you get points on your licence (that would be worse .

Probably worrying (as usual) about nothing but any info would be appreciated!

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MaryBS · 31/03/2008 20:18

I never got fined, or even contacted when I 'forgot' for a week - if that helps...

TurkeyLurkey · 31/03/2008 20:25

If you use it on a public road without tax then you can get a ticket (no points/fine only (called a CLE/26)..(£30 I think but depends on how out of date your tax is). There is a defence that you are taking your car to get it MOT'd and in those circs you should not get a ticket..if you did you could appeal.

nervousal · 03/04/2008 09:32

If you apply for your car tax online then you don't need to have a paper copy of your MOT? Tax folk won't worry about it being a couple of weeks overdue - if they did they would spend their entire time chasing folk.

Fizzylemonade · 03/04/2008 10:03

Hate to tell you this but my BIL who is a copper got ticketed on a car park by traffic warden for displaying an expired tax disc!!

Yes you can apply for your car tax on-line, I have been doing it for a few years, as all information is now held online; like car insurance, your MOT certificate etc so you only need to pay using a debit card, saves queuing in post office.

So the police aren't likely to pull you over if you are driving, BUT traffic wardens only have the information you are displaying, hence why my BIL was done.

For info , I have always over-lapped my MOT certs, I think you can do it by 14 days. That way when my car goes into the garage my current MOT cert covers it and they post-date the new MOT cert for when the old one runs out.

DaDaDa · 03/04/2008 10:16

Try to keep it off the road if you can. If it fails MOT and they keep it in to fix it that'll be OK - if you're that worried about being nabbed then you could always get the MOT certificate and get the tax, then collect the car.

I think the wait is 5 working days if you renew online or over phone, so better to go to the Post Office with your MOT and Insurance cert. AFAIK you'd only ever be penalised if you were on the road (even parked) with the out of date tax disc, not if you'd forgotten to renew per se.

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LyraSilvertongue · 03/04/2008 10:22

Mine's usually a few days late. You should be fine. Apply online as others have suggested and you won't need your paper MOT. It's stored on a database and they just check the databases to make sure you've got an MOT and insurance. The new disc will arrive in the post a day or two later.

LarryVeestAdamAntSpawnChorus · 03/04/2008 10:28

Our neighbourhood bobby (who must have been on his annual beat on our street, cos I've never seen him) managed to spot my tax disc in the three day interlude between expiry and renewal. I received the notification weeks later.

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