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Car Tax - you can drive your vehicle without a disc for 5 days!

SunshineStaceySunshineStacey

I just decided to share this information for people that arnt aware. Im terrible for leaving my car tax online till last minute and was stressing a bit about not having my new disc when my old one expired but I found this usual bit of information.

I hope it helps someone in the future :-)

I ordered my tax disc online but it has not yet arrived, is it against the law to drive/park my vehicle on the public highway whilst I wait for the disc to arrive?

Since 1 September 2008, you can legally drive or keep your vehicle on the road up to five days from the end of the month without displaying a valid tax disc provided you have made your application online or by telephone before your current vehicle tax/SORN expires.

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    DAMNOME
    SunshineStacey
    SunshineStacey[Holiday Pirates]3 years, 7 months ago1 Like #2Show comment tools Reply
    i google it every year, now when i google it next year i might come up with this post :-)
    lumoruk
    Bit of a misleading title. You have to buy the tax in the usual way before the end of the month. Also yes you can park it on the road whilst waiting for it to arrive.
    davidandhismower
    i thought that this was as long as you can prove that you had a valid tax disc for the month before and you have applied online/over the phone.

    i'm sure that if a car has been sorn then this doesnt apply and you have to wait for the disc in the post.
    SunshineStacey
    SunshineStacey[Holiday Pirates]3 years, 7 months ago #5Show comment tools Reply
    lol misleading, its not a deal just a heads up!

    http://www.motorlawyers.co.uk/offences/vehicle_tax.htm
    mariolj
    i think road tax should be included into petrol price like in the other eu countries (poland for example) more you drive more you pay. what you think?
    bargain surfer
    mariolj
    more you drive more you pay. what you think?


    we do that any way.
    guv
    guv3 years, 7 months ago #8Show comment tools Reply
    Welcome to 2008
    csiman
    amazes me that people are "terrible for leaving my car tax online till last minute"

    you get a reminder 3-4 weeks ahead so just do it then lol
    SunshineStacey
    SunshineStacey[Holiday Pirates]3 years, 7 months ago #10Show comment tools Reply
    not everyone has £155 sitting around in the bank for 3-4 weeks!
    dog_cop
    you need to make sure that your old disc is still in the window and that you have the conformation with you if you get stopped, and yes there is an offence of not displaying your tax disc .. £60 for your trouble

    Edited By: dog_cop on May 02, 2011 10:53
    jah128
    dog_cop
    you need to make sure that your old disc is still in the window and that you have the conformation with you if you get stopped, and yes there is an offence of not displaying your tax disc .. £60 for your trouble


    A little off-topic but do police cars need valid car tax? I saw one the other week with out-of-date tax. If I'd pointed it out to them, would they have had to give themselves an on-the-spot £60 fine?
    dog_cop
    jah128
    dog_cop
    you need to make sure that your old disc is still in the window and that you have the conformation with you if you get stopped, and yes there is an offence of not displaying your tax disc .. £60 for your trouble


    A little off-topic but do police cars need valid car tax? I saw one the other week with out-of-date tax. If I'd pointed it out to them, would they have had to give themselves an on-the-spot £60 fine?


    yes they do
    jah128
    Thought they probably did, does make me wonder what they would have done if I had pointed it out (it was a good few weeks out of date). Didn't want to cause trouble (or disturb their fish+chip dinner) but was curiousas to what they would do!
    csiman
    StaceyAKelly
    not everyone has £155 sitting around in the bank for 3-4 weeks!

    fair enough - its not like it comes around every year at the same time lol

    google 'budgeting'
    CoffeeMaker
    You can indeed drive your car for 5 days after the tax has expired, as long as you've ordered it before the original tax disc expired - I don't quite get the post though? Is this not common knowledge and something you would know if you owned a car?
    Rupz
    the answer is yes. i once had forgot to buy road tax, after 2 weeks i decided it was time to buy it..........................but then i realised my MOT was due..................................................and then my insurance............................................booked it in for an MOT on the weekend and bobs your uncle after shed load of money i got me road tax......................but then ran out of petrol :D

    Edited By: Rupz on May 02, 2011 13:28
    Shengis
    dog_cop
    jah128
    dog_cop
    you need to make sure that your old disc is still in the window and that you have the conformation with you if you get stopped, and yes there is an offence of not displaying your tax disc .. £60 for your trouble


    A little off-topic but do police cars need valid car tax? I saw one the other week with out-of-date tax. If I'd pointed it out to them, would they have had to give themselves an on-the-spot £60 fine?


    yes they do


    They don't need an MOT though which is a bit suss in my book..... So how do they get the tax disc with no MOT?
    Rupz
    Shengis
    dog_cop
    jah128
    dog_cop
    you need to make sure that your old disc is still in the window and that you have the conformation with you if you get stopped, and yes there is an offence of not displaying your tax disc .. £60 for your trouble


    A little off-topic but do police cars need valid car tax? I saw one the other week with out-of-date tax. If I'd pointed it out to them, would they have had to give themselves an on-the-spot £60 fine?


    yes they do


    They don't need an MOT though which is a bit suss in my book..... So how do they get the tax disc with no MOT?


    No car younger that 3 years old needs a MOT if im correct............am i?

    Edited By: Rupz on May 02, 2011 13:52
    Grimer
    Most police cars are under three years old. Road Tax is £0.00

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