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    • sparkly_sun
    • By sparkly_sun 17th Oct 16, 6:03 PM
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    DVLA tax reminder
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    • 17th Oct 16, 6:03 PM
    DVLA tax reminder 17th Oct 16 at 6:03 PM
    Today I came home to find a letter telling me I had a an £80 fine from the DVLA. I rang the debt company up to see what it was for and it's because I haven't paid my road tax when it was due in June.
    The lady on the phone said that the DVLA don't send reminders anymore. I've laid my dues and taxed my car online (road tax costs £0 which is a bit frustrating as am paying a fine for not paying something that doesn't need to be paid!)
    I spoke to my neighbour and they received a reminder last month. Is it worth chasing this up with the DVLA or am I wasting my time?
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    • molerat
    • By molerat 17th Oct 16, 6:19 PM
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    DVLA do still send out the annual tax reminder and no doubt they will be able to prove they did. You must still tax it, even at £0, or SORN the vehicle and it is up to you to know when. Consider yourself lucky you were not clamped.
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    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 17th Oct 16, 6:51 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 6:51 PM
    They do send out reminders, but the bad news is that it's still your responsibility to tax on time. The letters aren't sent recorded, so all the DVLA need to show is they sent it out.
    • Rover Driver
    • By Rover Driver 17th Oct 16, 7:30 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 7:30 PM
    Today I came home to find a letter telling me I had a an £80 fine from the DVLA. I rang the debt company up to see what it was for and it's because I haven't paid my road tax when it was due in June.
    Originally posted by sparkly_sun

    It will not be for not paying the tax, it will be for not renewing the vehicle licence, which in your case may be £0.
    • rich13348
    • By rich13348 17th Oct 16, 7:30 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 7:30 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 7:30 PM
    They do send out reminders, but the bad news is that it's still your responsibility to tax on time. The letters aren't sent recorded, so all the DVLA need to show is they sent it out.
    Originally posted by flashg67
    And I'm sure they take every single one of them down to the Swansea Post office and ask for proof of postage for 100,000 letters.
    Wouldn't like to be behind that person in the queue.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 17th Oct 16, 10:04 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 10:04 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 10:04 PM
    They do send out reminders, but the bad news is that it's still your responsibility to tax on time. The letters aren't sent recorded, so all the DVLA need to show is they sent it out.
    Originally posted by flashg67
    They're not obliged to send reminders, so they don't need to show anything.
    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 18th Oct 16, 8:57 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 8:57 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 8:57 AM
    You can make a complaint to them and reference the conversation you had as all phone calls are recorded. However the reminder doesn't mean jack - it's a friendly gesture on their part (and yes they do still send reminders, the person on the phone was wrong). It is up to you to pay your tax. If you haven't paid road tax since June then really you are to blame. Sorry.


    I work in a tax office and even if someone hadn't received our reminder letters, they are still liable for paying the tax on time. Sorry bud, you gotta pay the fine..
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 18th Oct 16, 9:05 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 9:05 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 9:05 AM
    I have a six monthly DD set up, I get zero reminders and so far the payments have been at completely random times. My VED is due for renewal in December, last years december payment was taken on 17th November, this year 23rd September!
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 18th Oct 16, 10:05 AM
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    I have a six monthly DD set up, I get zero reminders and so far the payments have been at completely random times. My VED is due for renewal in December, last years december payment was taken on 17th November, this year 23rd September!
    Originally posted by GwylimT
    That's terrible -how on earth does one budget for payments like that?

    I couldn't - my account could well land up overdrawn.

    All my DDs work well to within a day or so of the expected date - so i would be in a right pickle with unexpected payments.
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 18th Oct 16, 10:16 AM
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    And I'm sure they take every single one of them down to the Swansea Post office and ask for proof of postage for 100,000 letters.
    Wouldn't like to be behind that person in the queue.
    Originally posted by rich13348

    Yes because that's the only way they can provide evidence...
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 18th Oct 16, 10:31 AM
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    I have a six monthly DD set up, I get zero reminders and so far the payments have been at completely random times. My VED is due for renewal in December, last years december payment was taken on 17th November, this year 23rd September!
    Originally posted by GwylimT
    That's terrible -how on earth does one budget for payments like that?

    I couldn't - my account could well land up overdrawn.

    All my DDs work well to within a day or so of the expected date - so i would be in a right pickle with unexpected payments.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    The payer is supposed to receive a DD notification well before any payment is taken, so (in theory) you'd have time to make sure sufficient funds were available.

    Taking payment in September for a December renewal is just taking the Michael though.
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    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 18th Oct 16, 10:47 AM
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    Yes because that's the only way they can provide evidence...
    Originally posted by glentoran99
    It really doesn't matter. Being liable for your vehicle tax is not dependent on them sending you a letter. For as long as your car is on the road you are liable for the tax. No exceptions.
    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 18th Oct 16, 1:26 PM
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    I assume it is beyond possibility to set up a paper or electronic reminder? With my memory these days I might well miss some of these things if I didn't get my calendar to remind me.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 18th Oct 16, 2:25 PM
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    That's terrible -how on earth does one budget for payments like that?

    I couldn't - my account could well land up overdrawn.

    All my DDs work well to within a day or so of the expected date - so i would be in a right pickle with unexpected payments.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Its only £57, so it isn't a hardship when its a surprise.
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 18th Oct 16, 5:19 PM
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    I never rely on reminders for tax or insurance (car and home), I write them on a calender at home.

    May want to check when your mot is due.
    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 18th Oct 16, 5:23 PM
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    I never rely on reminders for tax or insurance (car and home), I write them on a calender at home.

    May want to check when your mot is due.
    Originally posted by cjdavies
    fyi OP, you can check when MOT and road tax are due online:
    just put your reg in:
    https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/
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