Vehicle Tax and MOT
This blog post discusses the key factors of vehicle tax and MOT.
What is an MOT Test?
The MOT Test is an annual inspection to ensure your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
This is a compulsory test for all motor vehicles over a certain age. During the MOT important parts of the vehicle are assessed to ensure they meet the legal requirements.
The MOT Test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
Do I need a valid MOT Certificate?
The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) requires that drivers/vehicles, hold a full valid MOT certificate to be road legal & to be able to TAX your vehicle.
What Happens if the Vehicle does not Pass and MOT?
If your vehicle does not pass the MOT Test then you will usually need to make repairs before being allowed to drive on the roads again.
The MOT Testing mechanic will advise you on this & more than likely be able to perform the repairs for you.
Driving without a Valid MOT Certificate is Illegal!
*Please note, driving your vehicle without a valid MOT Certificate can result in a fine of up to £1000.
Can I Tax my vehicle without an MOT?
The simple answer is, No. In order to Tax your vehicle you need a Valid MOT Certificate on the start of your vehicle Tax date. If your MOT has expired, you will need to arrange for MOT ASAP to ensure you can Tax your vehicle.
Tax My Vehicle Online
To use the online service you will need a reference number from one of the following documents:-
- A recent vehicle Tax reminder or last chance warning letter from the DVLA
- Your vehicle Log Book (V5C), this must be in your name
- The green ‘New Keeper’ slip from a log book if you have just bought the vehicle.
If you do not have any of the above documents, you will need to apply for a new Log Book.
You can pay your Tax in full by debit or credit card or alternatively pay by a monthly direct debit.
You must Tax your vehicle even if you do not have to pay anything. For example, if you are exempt for a Disability. Find out which vehicles are exempt from vehicle tax.
You will need to meet all the legal obligations for drivers before you can drive.