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Old 07-20-2006, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default UK Car Tax website

I hate to say this about a government website, particularly when they are extracting money from me, but www.direct.gov.uk/taxdisc really works quite well.

Instead of posting a mountain of papers off to Swansea or wherever, or queuing for hours at one of the few post offices that do taxdiscs, just fill in a short form on line. The system will check the database that you have the MOT test on the car, and check from another database that you have valid insurance, and the tax disc for the car windscreen duly arrives 5 days later.

There really are some useful websites out there.

Mind you, I read today that the Audit Office says there is only a one in twenty chance of you being caught for having no tax disc.

   
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Old 07-21-2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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I felt the same way when I was able to renew my Virginia driver's license online...so much easier than having to go down to the DMV (dept of motor vehicles)...

In Virginia, each county has a tax for the county sticker...it was used to make sure you'd paid your property tax (no property tax, no sticker) but now that everything is done electronically, the sticker is no longer required...this is nice both because the stickers were a pita to get off the window every year but also, we now don't have to pay the $25 fee for the sticker...'-}}

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Dick - I suspect that report is out of date.

Now, unless you have declared SORN or have a valid licence, they can send an £80 fine automatically. That happened to my son after he wrote his car off and the insurers forgot to cancel the paperwork. His car was in secure storgage till disposal, so no cop could have spotted the tax disc or absence therof!
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Old 07-24-2006, 06:57 AM   #4
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Dick - I suspect that report is out of date.

Now, unless you have declared SORN or have a valid licence, they can send an £80 fine automatically. That happened to my son after he wrote his car off and the insurers forgot to cancel the paperwork. His car was in secure storgage till disposal, so no cop could have spotted the tax disc or absence therof!
Unfortunately like most things in the UK today if you are a law abiding citizen and simply forget to renew your tax you will get an automatic fine.

If you get yourself a cheap car, put it on the road with no tax, insurance or MOT then the chances of being caught are extremely slim.

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