Car tax and MOT test are both essential and required elements of car ownership for the vast majority of motorists and cars registered in the UK. Both the MOT test and car tax has changed over the past few years. DVLA car tax rates have fluctuated massively over the past few years and some drivers face paying hundreds of pounds more for their vehicle excise duty. One of the most significant changes to car tax over the past five years is the removal of the car tax disc.
Car tax discs are no longer displayed on car windscreens or used anymore. The car tax disc was a handy visual reminder for motorists about when their VED was due.
Without that, more and more motorists may forget to tax their vehicle when it becomes time to.
Similarly, it could be extremely easy to forget when your MOT test is with so much else to remember.
Driving without a valid MOT or without car tax then you could land a huge fine of up to £1,000.
Thankfully there are a few services which drivers can use to help avoid landing a fine and help them remember.
The DVSA’s free ‘Get MOT Reminders’ service which will give drivers a notification when it’s time to get your MOT test.
It messages you a month before you need to take your car in which could save you from forgetting.
Already over a million motorists in Britain have taken advantage of the service.
DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.
“The MOT plays a key role in making sure the vehicles on our roads are safe to drive and meet high environmental standards.
“As over a million motorists have discovered, getting a text or email is a useful prompt to make sure people get their vehicle checked out in time.
“Motorists should also remember that to reduce the risk of causing an accident that kills or seriously injures someone, you need to check your vehicle all year round.”
Motorists get a V11 reminder letter before the car needs to be taxed again.
Motorists can also use an online service to check their car tax rate and when it is due on the gov.uk called ‘Check if a vehicle is taxed’ which will show when it and the MOT is due.
Published at Sat, 06 Jul 2019 06:30:00 +0000