Jan 7, 2021
Road tax, car tax, vehicle tax or Vehicle Excise Duty must be paid on the majority of vehicles that are registered in the UK and if you are caught driving without it, you could be fined up to £1,000. Back in 2014, the number of untaxed vehicles started to rise as the tax discs were scrapped. When on the road, don’t break the law by driving around in your untaxed vehicle.
Is it illegal to drive without tax?
By law, if you’re driving on a pubic road in the UK without valid road tax its an offence, however, there are a few exemptions to this rule. If you’re taking your car to a pre-booked MOT test, you can drive your vehicle to the appointment without it being taxed. While the law doesn’t exactly state how far you can travel if you’re heading to the pre-booked test but make a few stops along the way, you could be seen as using the vehicle for other purposes and that exemption will no longer apply to you.
Drivers with a disability may be exempt from paying tax as well as those drivers that own electric or historic cars. You do still have to apply for vehicle tax even if you don’t need to pay it and you can find out more about this on the Gov.uk site.
Can I tax my car without MOT?
If your car fails the MOT test, you aren’t allowed to drive it any further unless you are driving to a pre-booked repair or MOT appointment. You can only drive your car to either of these places if no serious faults were found.
The MOT test follows a strict set of criteria that has been set out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and your car must meet the minimum standards to pass. Without a valid MOT certificate.
You won’t be able to renew your annual road tax and you will be driving your car illegally. If you need to find a local garage in your area to carry out repairs, use MyCarNeedsA.com, we can save you both time and money by finding reputable garages. Get your quotes!