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sstein

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5,989 posts

138 months

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Road tax on my car expires at midnight tonight. It was bought online, the site online says to give it 5 days to arrive.

It's now been five days and the tax disc still isn't here (there is a postal strike on at the minute). I have confirmation that it has been bought online.

Am I right in thinking I still can't drive the car without the tax disc being displayed.

Failure to have tax and failure to display tax is two different matters isn't it ?

Can a mod fix my typo in the title please ?

Edited by sstein on Monday 31st August 16:48

AndyAudi

1,835 posts

106 months

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Rules were ammended You are allowed a few (5?) days grace from Displaying if you have bought it online.


Jakestar

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I'm having the exact same problem, tax has just, today, run out.

Bought tax online last wednesday and still hasn't arrived... Also got proof of online purchase so hoping I'm OK. The car is parked on the road and I need it for work tomorrow though.. I'll be phoning the DVLA tomorrow afternoon if it still hasn't arrived but expect this to be a complete ball ache to sort out.

Vaux

1,515 posts

100 months

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"If you apply on-line or over the phone in the last few days of this month you will not be committing an offence if you do not display a tax disk for the first five working days of the next month. This is a new law, which gives time for the new tax disk to arrive in the post. This new law only applies if you made your application for a new tax disk before the current one or SORN ran out."

Says this on the back of the V11. Not sure what happens if there's a postal strike though.



sy534534

223 posts

61 months

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Would the bank holiday also cause delays? I can't see it being a major issue, call dvla tomorrow and i'm sure they will say they sent it out and the delay is not unusual, 5 day grace period covers it. Fingers crossed!
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Cyberprog

1,359 posts

67 months

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Jakestar said:
I'm having the exact same problem, tax has just, today, run out.

Bought tax online last wednesday and still hasn't arrived... Also got proof of online purchase so hoping I'm OK. The car is parked on the road and I need it for work tomorrow though.. I'll be phoning the DVLA tomorrow afternoon if it still hasn't arrived but expect this to be a complete ball ache to sort out.
FYI, I purchased tax for the landie a few mins after midnight on weds, and recieved the tax disc on Saturday. I would imagine yours may be a working day behind mine given it's place in the queue smile

uuf361

2,459 posts

106 months

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I bought mine on Tuesday and it arrived in Friday's post..............

DSM2

3,624 posts

84 months

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uuf361 said:
I bought mine on Tuesday and it arrived in Friday's post..............
Same here.

Grieves me that it costs more to tax the car than insure it, but there you go............

Steve748

8,542 posts

68 months

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We get this thread 12 times a year now rolleyes

Wings

4,457 posts

99 months

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Just place a copy of the DVLA receipt in the windscreen of your car.

Jakestar

354 posts

75 months

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Cyberprog said:
Jakestar said:
I'm having the exact same problem, tax has just, today, run out.

Bought tax online last wednesday and still hasn't arrived... Also got proof of online purchase so hoping I'm OK. The car is parked on the road and I need it for work tomorrow though.. I'll be phoning the DVLA tomorrow afternoon if it still hasn't arrived but expect this to be a complete ball ache to sort out.
FYI, I purchased tax for the landie a few mins after midnight on weds, and recieved the tax disc on Saturday. I would imagine yours may be a working day behind mine given it's place in the queue smile
Ah that puts my mind somewhat at rest, fingers crossed!

This is the first year I've had an issue with it, and incidently the first time I've bought it online. Think I'll go back to the old fashion way in person at a post office, Annoyingly they don't accept CCs though..

Robert060379

12,024 posts

67 months

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Get the bus or a ticket for failing to display.

Stu R

20,741 posts

99 months

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Robert060379 said:
Get the bus or a ticket for failing to display.
Or read the rules and ignore the hard of thinking who seemingly can't do so, despite the fact they're mentioned repeatedly.

Steve748

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Robert060379 said:
Get the bus or a ticket for failing to display.
For somebody running seven vehicles you show a remarkable lack of common knowledge and have obviously not read this thread or the others on the same subject rolleyes

esselte

14,626 posts

151 months

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Steve748 said:
We get this thread 12 times a year now rolleyes
How do you know? You've been here 9 months...smile

jondude

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As others have said, no sweat for you for another 5 working days.

The police ANPR will show the car as taxed, so all swell. If they are eagle eyed enough to see the date and pull you, they will accept the explanation.

DVLA clampers should, one would hope, have been trained in the law change and leave the car alone if parked on public roads.

I must admit I still worry about the latter, as we are so dumbed down and with such awful, low standards, that in your situation I still would not park on the public roads until the disc came through.


  • Anyone know? Are there licensed private clampers who clamp on behalf of the DVLA? The fear therefore being that a low life clamp firm will clamp the car (knowing the law) but then still charge a 'release fee' when you prove the car is taxed?
Or is it just DVLA staff who clamp cars without tax, presumably after making all the above checks?

Gallen

1,913 posts

139 months

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AndyAudi said:
Rules were ammended You are allowed a few (5?) days grace from Displaying if you have bought it online.
...in which time you'll be done regardless for failing to display - I bet

Jasandjules

50,694 posts

113 months

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Gallen said:
AndyAudi said:
Rules were ammended You are allowed a few (5?) days grace from Displaying if you have bought it online.
...in which time you'll be done regardless for failing to display - I bet
But then if that is the case and you have complied with the legislation then you will be able to contest the ticket as you're lawfully using the vehicle.

Did not know about the new law stating you have 5 days grace if bought on-line before the old tax runs out - anyone got a link to that?

CharlieTwo

740 posts

93 months

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Jasandjules said:
Did not know about the new law stating you have 5 days grace if bought on-line before the old tax runs out - anyone got a link to that?
Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 amended by S147 Finance Act 2008, inserting...

Section 33 Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 said:
(1B) A person is not guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (1A) by using or keeping a vehicle on a public road during any of the 5 working days following the time when a licence or nil licence for the vehicle, or a relevant declaration applying to the vehicle, ceases to be in force, if an application for a licence or nil licence for or in respect of the vehicle to run from that time has been received before that time.
(1C) In subsection (1B) “working day” means any day other than—
(a) a Saturday or Sunday, or
(b) a day which is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
(1D) For the purposes of subsection (1B)—
(a) there is a relevant declaration applying to a vehicle if the particulars and declaration required to be furnished and made by regulations under section 22(1D) have been furnished and made in relation to the vehicle in accordance with the regulations, and
(b) the relevant declaration ceases to be in force if, after the particulars and declaration have been furnished and made—
(i) the vehicle is used or kept on a public road (otherwise than under a trade licence), or
(ii) the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which the particulars and declaration were furnished and made expires.

Jasandjules

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Thank you !
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