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Sherv

Taxing your vehicle under MOT Covid extension

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If your vehicle was due its MOT after 30th March 2020,the DVLA extended it by 6 months grace to assist the Governments Stay At Home policy.If you pay your car tax by direct debit however,its worth keeping an eye on your payments going through as normal still.(If you intend to get your car MOT'd as normal anyway,then this wont affect you.But if you're not in that position,isolating etc,then read on)

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My GT4 is due MOT at the end of this month,and I pay my tax by DD. Looking at the DVLA mot checker,is does now state that the car MOT is now due in October.However,I have just today received a letter from DVLA stating my Direct Debit will not be taken as normal unless an MOT certificate is in place before the tax is due at 30th April.So I'll be looking at my bank account to see if they take the payment as normal,if they do,then ill disregard the letter as a standard issue job,as the DVLA site does state on their records the MOT is due in October now.But you know what these systems can be like,not everyone pays their tax in one hit.

But if you pay by DD,check your MOT date has been extended on their database first,and if so,that your DD goes out as normal.It does state the 'new' MOT date may not show until 3 days before the original MOT was due,but mines there already.

 

https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/?locale=en

 

If your expiry date hasnt been updated 3 days before its originally due;

 

covid19mot@dvsa.gov.uk.

 

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My daily's MOT ran out on 29th March so I didn't have a choice but to get it done. But to me this whole extension thing seems more trouble than is worth and has raised a number of questions

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I'm not sure what questions it raises ?

 

MOT facilities ahve been shut and existing MOT's expiring after April 1st (presumably until facilities re-instated) had their expiry dates extended by 6 months.

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does this mean once we are all back to normal (whenever that mat be ) the all future MOTs will last 18 months as its ok when it suits this goverment,

if its safe to do this under lockdown its safe in normal conditions as i am sure your car is oblivious to this :lol:

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2 hours ago, _Chris_ said:

I'm not sure what questions it raises ?

 

MOT facilities ahve been shut and existing MOT's expiring after April 1st (presumably until facilities re-instated) had their expiry dates extended by 6 months.

MOT facilities arent all shut, place down the road from me fixed puncture on wifes car and he said he is allowed to MOT/repair vehicles, giving priority to key/nhs workers whose transport is essential,mainly for those whose MOT expired before the 'deadline',but if required can do essential work on the car (wife is NHS),but did say he would MOT my car if i wanted him to.

The point is really if you cant/dont want to MOT your car, if you pay by DD you might get a letter saying your vehicle may not automatically be taxed, so check the extension has been confirmed on the website and check your DD goes out as it should

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mot-centre-and-tester-guidance

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The government run MOT centres are closed. Normal garages are allowed to function, and if the computers administering the MOT's are still running I guess they can carry out MOT's. Useful to know as I may want to get one of my GT4's MOT'd and able to go on the road.

 

I have checked the government MOT status site for my camper which originally expired on 18th April and it's now listed at 18th Oct.

 

 

2 hours ago, jim7564 said:

does this mean once we are all back to normal (whenever that mat be ) the all future MOTs will last 18 months as its ok when it suits this goverment,

if its safe to do this under lockdown its safe in normal conditions as i am sure your car is oblivious to this :lol:

 

Are you a politician ? :D

 

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6 hours ago, _Chris_ said:

I'm not sure what questions it raises ?

 

One of them is insurance. Ok so your MOT has been extended. But it is still your responsibility to keep your car roadworthy in the meantime. If you have an accident do the insurance use a government assessor, MOT tester or thier own expert to decide if your car was roadworthy? Do they try to wriggle out and say your insurance was invalid if they find the slightest thing wrong with your car? Not saying my or anyone else's car isn't roadworthy, but it's worth thinking about

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Could be some grey areas couldn't there. But mainly a heads up to keep an eye on things really. 

Yeah Chris, i want to advertise my 205 for sale but seems a bit pointless during lockdown, and wanted to do it with a fresh MOT ideally. . Talk about timing! So ill see how it pans out next few weeks i guess, before i can advertise it 'properly'.  Obviously anyone can PM me for details meantime if interested. 

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8 hours ago, 99GT said:

 

One of them is insurance. Ok so your MOT has been extended. But it is still your responsibility to keep your car roadworthy in the meantime. If you have an accident do the insurance use a government assessor, MOT tester or thier own expert to decide if your car was roadworthy? Do they try to wriggle out and say your insurance was invalid if they find the slightest thing wrong with your car? Not saying my or anyone else's car isn't roadworthy, but it's worth thinking about

 

This applies regardless, including cars up to 3 years old which have never had an MOT. Some of mine had done over 120K miles in that time.

 

A car without an MOT may give an insurance company a chance to wriggle out, however this isn't the case now.

 

The emails I've had from insurers all state that the insurance industry are well aware of the situation and so no need to notify them that your vehicle is in an extended period, however they also point out your responsibility to keep the vehcle in a roadworthy state.

 

I've never come across an insurance company carrying out MOT style checks as part of the claim procedure, other than the obvious such as tyres, but then no one I know has had an accident caused by mechanical failure.

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10 hours ago, 99GT said:

 

One of them is insurance. Ok so your MOT has been extended. But it is still your responsibility to keep your car roadworthy in the meantime. If you have an accident do the insurance use a government assessor, MOT tester or thier own expert to decide if your car was roadworthy? Do they try to wriggle out and say your insurance was invalid if they find the slightest thing wrong with your car? Not saying my or anyone else's car isn't roadworthy, but it's worth thinking about

 

 

Think it comes down to the type of checks that the police can pull you over for - so lights not working, stuff hanging off the car, bald tyres.

This is all standard stuff as per the highway code:

 

https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-safe

 

 

When you insure an MOT exempt car, you are advised that the car should be roadworthy and the best way of doing that is by having to MOT'd.

When I insured a car that had previoulsy been Cat-N'd( old cat d), they again advised that although it didnt need a new MOT it must be roadworthy and advised that I get a new MOT done. 

 

 

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16 hours ago, jim7564 said:

does this mean once we are all back to normal (whenever that mat be ) the all future MOTs will last 18 months as its ok when it suits this goverment,

if its safe to do this under lockdown its safe in normal conditions as i am sure your car is oblivious to this :lol:

 

Given the state of some of the cars I have seen 6 months after an MOT, I sincerly hope not.

Goverment didnt follow the EU regualtion of moving to 2 year MOTs thankfully.

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The DD came out for the 205 okay, so I'll disregard the warning letter. Car is showing its taxed and MOT is October now on the Gov site, so that's worked out in my case. 

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On 23/04/2020 at 11:14, ams said:

 

Given the state of some of the cars I have seen 6 months after an MOT, I sincerly hope not.

Goverment didnt follow the EU regualtion of moving to 2 year MOTs thankfully.

 

Reminds me of the first car I bought, in early to mid 90s, Escort mk2, 2 door with RS boot spoiler and all the bits. 

 

Pull the carpet up and you could see the road down both sides, front to back. The A post was so rusted that when you opened the drivers door it dropped about 2 inch. And that had over 6 months MOT on it lol

 

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7 hours ago, 99GT said:

 

Reminds me of the first car I bought, in early to mid 90s, Escort mk2, 2 door with RS boot spoiler and all the bits. 

 

Pull the carpet up and you could see the road down both sides, front to back. The A post was so rusted that when you opened the drivers door it dropped about 2 inch. And that had over 6 months MOT on it lol

 

yeah we've all had one like that especially if you're of a certain vintage like me .Mad to think that Mk2 would be worth a fortune now,even in that condition.2 door sir? Ker-ching.

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1 hour ago, Sherv said:

yeah we've all had one like that especially if you're of a certain vintage like me .Mad to think that Mk2 would be worth a fortune now,even in that condition.2 door sir? Ker-ching.

 

Yep. 2 door, non-sunroof, genuine RS bits added. Like you say even in that state people pay daft money now. 

 

Bought it for £65 and scrapped it in the end :o

 

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