Free 'MOT due' reminder via email using GOV website (new service)
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Free 'MOT due' reminder via email using GOV website (new service)

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Found 30th Aug 2017Edited by:"MackemLad"
From what I recall this used to cost something like £1.50 for a reminder text. I see now that you can register online and get a free reminder email. This should come in handy to those who forget like myself as I've done this in the past!

Yes you can put reminders in your phone/email/work calendar etc but things happen throughout the year and you may change a phone/work etc whereas if you've got a permanent email then this is another reminder method. It's always better to be safe than sorry especially with something like this.

All you need is the registration of your car and your email address (you will need to confirm the email they send you after registering).




You’ll then get an reminder email a month before your MOT is due and again 2 weeks later if you don’t have your MOT yet.

The Check MOT Service that is linked on the right (LINK) is also very good for checking out the history of a car you are thinking of buying. I've used it in the past and it's good to see the reaction of the owner when you ask them questions about stuff that was an advisory on the last (or previous MOT)
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Thanks!! Also there is an app on android called Vehicle Smart its pretty good and sends push notifications through for the MOST & Tax dates link play.google.com/sto…art

31851221-zmpAa.jpgAlso like to mention the notifications are not automatically set up!!! You must add the car to your garage then scroll to the end of the bar ( see pic) to my services in order to setup tax& mot push notifications
Edited by: "1mark" 30th Aug 2017
Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation and set a calendar reminder.
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Ralph88813 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.



Yes you may get a fine (up to £1000) but is he really that stupid or is he trying to save a few quid and will 'play dumb' if pulled over? For starters there's ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) that the Police use commonly so he will no doubt get caught eventually given his mileage.

Regardless of that does he realise that if he is in accident that his insurance claim may not be as simple either depending on the wording of his policy. It may say that the car needs to be in a roadworthy condition and this probably means having a valid MOT. Yes a car can pass the MOT and as soon as you drive away it could then be unroadworthy 100 metres down the road (yet the MOT is still a year) but even so it's not worth the risk!
Ralph88821 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.

He may as well have no insurance than either.
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Nice one.
My daughter needs this she forgets every year
Cheers, I always forget, just signed up!
Very handy! thanks OP
Thanks for this @MackemLad (haway the lads!). Really useful for me, but it also informed me that the MOT on the 20 year old car I just bought actually runs about 2 months longer than I thought it did. Result!
Thanks this is really useful
Thanks!! Also there is an app on android called Vehicle Smart its pretty good and sends push notifications through for the MOST & Tax dates link play.google.com/sto…art

31851221-zmpAa.jpgAlso like to mention the notifications are not automatically set up!!! You must add the car to your garage then scroll to the end of the bar ( see pic) to my services in order to setup tax& mot push notifications
Edited by: "1mark" 30th Aug 2017
A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.
great find thanks.
Cheers just set up. Is there one for tax too?
Edited by: "ssc1" 30th Aug 2017
Brilliant! Thanks op, just signed up
Ralph8889 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.


I got stopped and a £100? fine.
Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation and set a calendar reminder.
1mark17 m ago

Thanks!! Also there is an app on android called Vehicle Smart its pretty …Thanks!! Also there is an app on android called Vehicle Smart its pretty good and sends push notifications through for the MOST & Tax dates link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jvelimited.vehiclesmart


Also like to mention the notifications are not automatically set up!!! You must add the car to your garage then scroll to the end of the bar ( see pic) to my services in order to setup tax& mot push notifications31851457-W3TEc.jpg
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Ralph88813 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.



Yes you may get a fine (up to £1000) but is he really that stupid or is he trying to save a few quid and will 'play dumb' if pulled over? For starters there's ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) that the Police use commonly so he will no doubt get caught eventually given his mileage.

Regardless of that does he realise that if he is in accident that his insurance claim may not be as simple either depending on the wording of his policy. It may say that the car needs to be in a roadworthy condition and this probably means having a valid MOT. Yes a car can pass the MOT and as soon as you drive away it could then be unroadworthy 100 metres down the road (yet the MOT is still a year) but even so it's not worth the risk!
Ralph88821 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.

He may as well have no insurance than either.
I was always amazed at non mechanic types stating "modern cars these days don't need serviced like the old ones" and then they convince themselves it'll be ok ... months later the cars needing a serious repair or its had it and all because they never bothered getting the annual service done and all because they want to save a few quid....
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ahenners19 m ago

Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation …Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation and set a calendar reminder.



Not that I've seen but if you do it online and pay via Direct Debit then it does automatically renew so there's no messing about come tax renewal time. I just pay mine monthly via Direct Debit and this is what it said at the end of my last email when I taxed a vehicle in June this year.

Your vehicle tax will automatically renew unless you notify us of any changes. We will send a new payment schedule at the time of renewal.


ahenners19 m ago

Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation …Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation and set a calendar reminder.



You'd be surprised just how many people can't or don't do this! If you set up a calendar reminder on a PC/Laptop/phone etc then you may end up changing that device over the year and may forget or not be able transfer the calendar to a new device (if replaced at all). Even this email option isn't fail safe but it's another option
Very handy , cheers OP
MackemLad3 m ago

Not that I've seen but if you do it online and pay via Direct Debit then …Not that I've seen but if you do it online and pay via Direct Debit then it does automatically renew so there's no messing about come tax renewal time. I just pay mine monthly via Direct Debit and this is what it said at the end of my last email when I taxed a vehicle in June this year. Your vehicle tax will automatically renew unless you notify us of any changes. We will send a new payment schedule at the time of renewal. You'd be surprised just how many people can't or don't do this! If you set up a calendar reminder on a PC/Laptop/phone etc then you may end up changing that device over the year and may forget or not be able transfer the calendar to a new device (if replaced at all). Even this email option isn't fail safe but it's another option


Calendars are usually synced to an account i.e. email but agreed still not foolproof. This is genuinely a good option for those who need that prod to remind them.
cowsmoooo15 m ago

He may as well have no insurance than either.

And he probably would have saved 5 grand by the time he was stopped and fined 200 quid.
about time, they should always remind you

In Northern Ireland, we get a reminder, granted our MOT's are done via GOV MOT Centres but that shouldn't make a difference.
Ralph88840 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.



The ANPR will kick in one year after I think, there's a pretty big grace period. Since it doesn't flag up as expired it pretty much won't flag up it will just show as unrecorded. Personally the biggest problem is that his insurance is invalid without it.

It varies with the Police, one of the previous years I was 2 days overdue and a police who happened to tail me pulled me over £60, it flags on their screen automatically.
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fireman14 m ago

And he probably would have saved 5 grand by the time he was stopped and …And he probably would have saved 5 grand by the time he was stopped and fined 200 quid.



Or he could end up losing £1,000's if his insurance doesn't cover all costs in the event of an accident.
Edited by: "MackemLad" 30th Aug 2017
Thanks for sharing
Its always amazed me that they don't send a reminder, its about time really.
Good post can't get tax without mot also insurance won't pay. I know, even though it was not my faul
wow, what a stunningly obvious service the government has finally launched..

That didn't take them long at all. How entirely competent and efficient.

#BigGovSucks
Thank you
cowsmoooo1 h, 2 m ago

He may as well have no insurance than either.


Why's that then? No MOT doesn't mean no insurance
1mark1 h, 32 m ago

Thanks!! Also there is an app on android called Vehicle Smart its pretty …Thanks!! Also there is an app on android called Vehicle Smart its pretty good and sends push notifications through for the MOST & Tax dates link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jvelimited.vehiclesmart[Image] Also like to mention the notifications are not automatically set up!!! You must add the car to your garage then scroll to the end of the bar ( see pic) to my services in order to setup tax& mot push notifications


I am using this app too for all my cars. Very good.
I've got mine setup on AA for MOT, Servicing and AA renewals
Mud8oy1 h, 30 m ago

I was always amazed at non mechanic types stating "modern cars these days …I was always amazed at non mechanic types stating "modern cars these days don't need serviced like the old ones" and then they convince themselves it'll be ok ... months later the cars needing a serious repair or its had it and all because they never bothered getting the annual service done and all because they want to save a few quid....


Do think its partly correct if do the oil and filter and change cam belt when needed the engine will be ok
Dont need any tuning or adjustments like old cars did just leave well alone as long as MIL light out
Yes brakes suspension need checking for safety
Servicing has always been bit of a money earner for car dealers
I am not non mechanic type either (time served mechanic ) not worked as mechanic for long time though(wages crap )
Edited by: "0scar222" 30th Aug 2017
Good effort cheers OP. Signed up in less than 30 seconds
Edited by: "alexc100" 30th Aug 2017
masekwm45 m ago

Why's that then? No MOT doesn't mean no insurance


The insurer might tell him to take a hike if he tries to make a claim. He may have insurance, but it could be worthless if they require an MOT for cover to be valid. If it isn't they might not pay him anything.
Edited by: "Lonyo" 30th Aug 2017
Thank you for sharing.
Ralph8882 h, 10 m ago

A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since …A friend of mine has been driving the length and breadth of the UK since March without and MOT. His car is a 14 reg due its first MOT on the 1st of March this year. He argues that no one has told him to take an MOT test. I have corrected him but he has chosen to ignore my advice and carries on using the car. Isn't it amazing that the police do not stop cars without MOT routinely. If the car was not taxed or not insured they would. I googled this and for not having an MOT you would probably get away with a warning. The law does not seem to worry as much for not having a current MOT.


I didn't think you could tax a car without an mot
ahenners2 h, 0 m ago

Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation …Great for everyone who can't work out how to read existing documentation and set a calendar reminder.


Or use one of the many other free options, such as the AA Halfords etc.
Nice useful post for the forgetful like me
Cheers
This should have been done the moment they scrapped the disc. Good news. Better late than never
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