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    Forgot to renew car tax - 1,000 fine? aarrgghhh..
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    • 1st Jul 05, 7:32 PM
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    Forgot to renew car tax - 1,000 fine? aarrgghhh.. 1st Jul 05 at 7:32 PM
    My husband has a couple of "hobby" classic cars, that are garaged all year and just taken to shows a couple of times a year.

    He has just realised that the tax on one of them expired at the end of May, and he forgot to renew it. Lots been going on - illness in the family etc. - although I know that is no excuse.

    We are now panicking as the renewal notice states that a fine of "minimum 1,000" may be imposed. This seems ridiculously high for a genuine oversight, and he hasn't even driven the car in the meantime.

    Does anyone have any experience of this, i.e. whether they do impost the fine, and if 1,000 is the minimum how high are they likely to take it? Any suggestions as to how to avoid a severe penalty? He is going to the Post Office tomorrow with all his documents (the MOT and Insurance are up to date) to throw himself on their mercy.

    1,000 is a month's take home pay for him - we could pay it out of savings if we really have to, but it seems ridiculous when you think how lightly real criminals get off. The car itself is only worth a few hundred . :rolleyes:
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