Tax and MOT checker after the pandemic and working from home

With many people working from home during the pandemic, returning to work means using the car for daily commutes – but is your car still legal with tax and MOT?

The majority of Brits have spent the past two years working from home, with the family car largely redundant on the drive as lockdowns and restrictions cut down of travelling, but here we look at how to instantly find out if your car is still taxed and MOTd to help beat fines for untaxed vehicles.

Find out if you have car tax or risk getting clamped by the DVLAMake sure your car is taxed or risk getting it clamped by the DVLA  (Credit: Flikr / Tico 24 edited version of original under Creative Commons)

Was road tax needed during lockdown?

While some aspects of driving requirements were automatically extended – such as the scheme extending expired driving licences by 11 months – there were no such arrangement excusing the need to keep your vehicle taxed during lockdown and working from home.

Did I need to an MOT during lockdown and what about now?

Unlike road tax – or VED as it is known – there was a scheme to extend expired MOTs by six months – but only if they were due to renew between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. After this period, the need to renew your MOT was returned to normal. This means all qualifying cars will need to have an MOT if driving or parked on UK roads.

How do I check if my car is still taxed?

This used to be obvious when tax discs were displayed on car windscreens, but the change to a paperless system made it less obvious if a vehicle is still taxed. While owners will get a reminder, it’s easy to forget for those who pay in one annual payment.

However, it’s easy to instantly find out if your vehicle is taxed by using the Gov.UK online tax checker too. Simply go to this page and add your car’s registration plate to find out if it is taxed. This is a free service. You can also phone the DVLA.

How to check if my car has a current MOT?

The DVSA will not post out reminders when a car’s MOT is due, so it is down to the driver to ensure the vehicle is legal. But, like tax, the Gov.UK offers a free online tool to instantly check the MOT status of your vehicle. Use this MOT checker tool to see if your car has a current certificate.

Is there any way I can get a reminder for my MOT?

While reminders are not posted out, there is an official tool that can send out alerts when an MOT is due. Set up the MOT reminder for one month before it is due here.

Can I check my insurance is valid?

You can also check if your insurance is valid on any particular day with this checker – it will not tell you when it expires, though. 

Where are most un-taxed cars in the UK

Are you concerned that you might not have any car tax? New research from the DVLA has revealed where the most untaxed vehicles are located – so check yours now or expect a large fine.

Area

Total enforcement actions (includes fines, penalties and clamping)

London

97,013

Birmingham

52,073

Manchester

28,703

Glasgow

25,304

Sheffield

24,962

Cardiff

24,159

Nottingham

21,810

Bristol

20,018

Newcastle

18,890

Swansea

18,220

Leeds

14,930

Reading

14,573

 
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