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Do I even need an MOT?

If your vehicle is 3 years or older, yes. There are some vehicles which are exempt (cars and motorcycles built before 1960, electric goods vehicles and tractors for example). Some vehicles are required to have an MOT after just one year on the road, but this is a rarity and normally applies to special use vehicles such taxis or ambulances).

How much does this service cost?

The cost of this service is £10 per year, charged directly to your phone bill.

How much does an MOT cost?

MOT prices are set by the establishment that is doing the testing, however, there are maximum fee amounts enforced which are currently set at £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorcycles. MOT fees are also exempt from VAT.

How much is vehicle tax?

Vehicle tax prices can vary depending on the type of vehicle being taxed. Each vehicle is allocated a tax band at the point of manufacture. You should be able to find your vehicles tax rate by checking this.

How can I cancel this service?

You can cancel your account at anytime by texting the word STOP to xxxx, and your account will be cancelled.

Is the information that is provided accurate?

All of the information that is automatically generated (i.e. MOT and Tax Reminders) is pulled directly from the DVLA database and sent your phone. If any inaccuracies are found, this will need to be a query submitted to the DVLA.

What happens if I forget to renew an MOT?

Under UK law, vehicles with an expired MOT cannot be driven. There is an exception if the vehicle is currently being driven to a pre-booked MOT test. Driving without a valid MOT can lead to fines up to £1000.

How early can I renew an MOT?

An MOT lasts for 1 year. In order to keep the renewal date the same each year, you can renew the MOT up to 1 month minus a day before the current MOT runs out. E.g. if the MOT runs out on 15th May, you can renew the MOT from the 16th April onwards.

It is possible to get an MOT at any time, but the renewal date will be different.

Can I drive without an MOT?

You are not allowed to drive a vehicle if the MOT has expired. If caught you can be prosecuted. The only exceptions to this are if you are driving to a pre-booked MOT test, or are driving to a nearby garage to have the car repaired. If pulled over by the police, you may need to provide proof of either of these scenarios.

Where can I get an MOT done

An MOT must be conducted by an approved MOT test centre. These are identified with a blue sign with 3 white triangles.

What is tested in an MOT?

The MOT tests various parts of a vehicle to make sure they meet the legal standards. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. For more details of what parts are checked during an MOT, read the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency guide.

What are the penalties for not having a valid MOT?

If caught driving without a valid MOT certificate, you can be fined up to £1000. Any vehicles without a valid MOT certificate will have their registration details automatically sent to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) database as used by police and some static roadside cameras. If a camera on a police vehicle detects that your vehicle is in the ANPR database, the police will be alerted and you will likely receive a £60 fixed penalty notice. Failure to pay could lead to a court summons and up to £1000 fine and court costs.

Do I need to pay vehicle tax?

Vehicles that are driven or parked on public roads need to be taxed. If the vehicle is to be kept off the road, then it must be declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). SORN lasts for 12 months, and must be renewed if the vehicle is to continue being kept off road.

What is the difference between vehicle tax and road tax?

Despite being used as a term by arrogant drivers towards cyclists, there is no such thing as road tax. The correct term is vehicle tax, car tax, or VED (Vehicle Excise Duty). Vehicle tax collected by the government goes into the general funds of the Treasury, and not towards repairing roads.

What happened to tax discs?

The paper tax discs issued by the DVLA and displayed in car windscreens as proof of payment stopped being issued on 1st October 2014.

Where can I pay for vehicle tax?

You can pay for vehicle tax on this government website. You can also pay over the phone or at a local Post Office. You will need your V5C registration document, a V5C/2 new keeper supplement, or your reminder letter in order to pay the tax.

What are the penalties for not paying vehicle tax?

Driving without tax will incur an £80 automatic fine. This may be discounted on early repayment. Failure to pay the fine could lead to a court prosecution and a fine of up to £1000 plus court costs.

What information will I get regarding my vehicle?

When you access your account, you will be able to view the expiry dates of your MOT certificate and vehicle tax. We will also show you other details of the vehicle including amongst others; make and model, colour, first registration date, year of manufacture, CO² emissions, fuel type, and MOT history (if available). The MOT history will include dates of previous tests, odometer readings and any details of failure or advisory items for all previous MOTs related to the vehicle.

You will also receive reminder SMS text messages to let you know when your MOT and vehicle tax are due. If you choose, you can also be reminded about your car insurance renewal, and set up other reminders for servicing, breakdown cover and parking permits.

How many vehicles can I add to my account?

You can have up to 5 vehicles listed in your account at any one time. These can be added, removed, and updated whenever you choose, so if you buy or sell a car, it is very easy to update your account to ensure you only get reminder notifications about the vehicles you need.

I have lost my PIN code. How do I login?

To access your account, you will need to login with your registered mobile phone number, and the PIN code we sent you when you first joined. The PIN code was sent to you in a text message under the number 60076. If you can't find this message, visit the Login page and click the "Forgot your PIN?" link to be sent your PIN code again in a free text message.

I have a PIN code, but I can not access the site

If you received a PIN code from us in a text message, but are unable to access your account, please visit the Login page and click the "PIN not working?" link. Simply submit the form and we'll try to see what the problem is.

How do I stop receiving text reminders from this service?

If you want to stop receiving the text message reminders and permanently close your account, please text the word STOP to 60076.

I have another question. How do I contact you?

If you have any other questions regarding the Vehicle Information service, please contact us. We will get back to you within 2 working days. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

How will anyone know if I do not pay vehicle tax?

Police now check whether a vehicle is taxed by using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in their vehicles which connects to the DVLA database. There are also static cameras at the side of many roads across the UK which use ANPR, and will flag up if an untaxed vehicle is driving around. Fines are automatically processed and sent out to owners of vehicles not taxed or SORN.

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