Tax Disc runs out today - OK to drive tomorrow?

edited 31 May 2010 at 11:00AM in Motoring
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edited 31 May 2010 at 11:00AM in Motoring
I am sure I've asked this last year but I can't find the thread immediately...

My tax disc expires today but I can't get to the post office until tomorrow, is it OK for me to drive to work tomorrow?

Also: Should I worry that the DVLA website isn't picking up that I have renewed my insurance? I have certificate in hand.
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  • Yes will expire at midnight tonight.
  • MankysteveMankysteve Forumite
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    Insurance phone your insurance company an check they haven't cancelled your policy. Police wont car about your certificate they'll phone your insurance company to check and if they find its been cancelled for some reason you don't know about bye bye car.

    Tax disk I could be wrong but don't you get a few days either way. My dad lost his Insurance certificate, check book and Mot. Once after stooping for lunch on the way to get a new tax disk. Next day we due up at my grandmas for a couple of night and his tax disk was on it last day.
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    So the answer is No. You cannot drive to work tomorrow because your tax disc expires tonight. Technically if you purchase online your still not covered as you need to 'display' the tax disc to be covered. I'm not sure how the police view this one, I very much doubt there is a grace period because your able to purchase prior to the last day of cover.
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  • spike7451spike7451 Forumite
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    Over here in Northern Ireland you get 14 days 'grace' after the tax has expired in which to re-tax your motor,obviously tho the tax is backdated to when it expired.
    http://www.dvlni.gov.uk/vehicles/renewtax.htm

    But looking on the Direct Gov website,you dont get that option in the UK.
    What About The 14 Days Grace?

    If your vehicle licence has expired there is an understanding that you may continue to use the vehicle for up to 14 days. However you must apply for a new licence within the 14 day period and licence it from the expiry date of the previous licence. If proof that a complete application has been received at DVA, before taking a vehicle on the road, you will not be penalised for driving without a current Vehicle Licence or for failing to display one.
    The 14 days period of grace is a concession. In law a current licence must be displayed at all times when the vehicle is on the road.
  • KavanneKavanne Forumite
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    My insurance company is closed today but I've spoken to them on 2 separate occasions and they've confirmed my new policy, and taken my money :( What could be the problem if it's not registered with DVLA??
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  • spike7451spike7451 Forumite
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    So the answer is No. You cannot drive to work tomorrow because your tax disc expires tonight. Technically if you purchase online your still not covered as you need to 'display' the tax disc to be covered. I'm not sure how the police view this one, I very much doubt there is a grace period because your able to purchase prior to the last day of cover.

    Not strictly true according to the website:
    http://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk/EvlPortalApp/application?origin=vnav_bar.jsp&event=bea.portal.framework.internal.refresh&pageid=Common+Questions#QUESTION_8
    I have not received the tax disc. Can I use the vehicle without the tax disc displayed?

    When you apply for a tax disc online or by using our phone service you are able to legally continue to drive your vehicle for up to 5 days after the tax disc has expired while you wait for the new tax disc to arrive. This will only apply when you have applied for a new tax disc before the current one expires. You should continue to display the expired disc on your vehicle, until the new one arrives.
  • ParadigmParadigm Forumite
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    Legally you can't drive after midnight tonight but....I would ;)

    Make sure you have all the relevent docs, correctly filled out (& the money) in the car with you ready to tax it!

    It would be a very harsh decision to take any action under these circumstances... although they could!
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  • HammymanHammyman
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    The law has changed. As long as you have applied for one online, you can drive on the road without displaying a valid licence. However if you've not taxed it online, you can't drive it on the road until you've taxed it.
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    Hammyman wrote: »
    The law has changed. As long as you have applied for one online, you can drive on the road without displaying a valid licence. However if you've not taxed it online, you can't drive it on the road until you've taxed it.

    Yep but to be honest if I was taxing it at lunch time tomorrow I'd drive it :)
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    It will stay as licence due to expire for about 14 days before the DVLA mark it as unlicenced.

    I'd drive it, I've had the same issue with my insurance before, it expired on the 28th so couldn't buy tax until the 2nd week of the month. Never had a problem.
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