Not got road tax? What’s your excuse?

The end of the month is fast approaching, which means millions of motorists will be renewing their road tax – or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) if you prefer.
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If you’re anything like me (you have my full sympathy if you are), this is one of those expenses that will always take you by surprise. Even though you’ve spent the last couple of months thinking “my car tax is due soon” the realisation you have to find a couple of hundred quid to keep it on the road always comes as a bit of a shock. The good news is that the DVLA’s Electronic Vehicle Licensing (EVL) service allows customers to buy a new tax disc 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online or by phone. Around three weeks before vehicle tax is due to expire, you should get a Renewal Reminder (V11) from the DVLA. Use this to tax your vehicle on EVL or a Post Office branch. And you no longer need to dig out your certificate of motor insurance. In addition, provided you apply before your current tax disc runs out, you have 14 days to display your new tax disc. So there can be no excuses for not taxing your car – if only someone had told this lot…

Silly excuses #1

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Silly excuses #2

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Silly excuses #3

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Silly excuses #4

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Silly excuses #5

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Paying the penalty

The registered keeper of a vehicle remains legally responsible for taxing vehicles until the DVLA has been notified that it is off the road by making a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) or has been sold, transferred, scrapped or exported. The DVLA is able to identify evaders direct from vehicle records and issue automatic £80 penalties to them. If you don’t display your tax disc on your windscreen you can be fined a separate penalty of up to £200. However, this will no longer be applicable when paper tax discs are phased out.  paper tax discs are phased out.

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