Car tax: How do I tax my car without an MOT?

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The government has advised against non-essential travel due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. And with the UK currently in lockdown, many people have been wondering how to tax their cars without an MOT.

How do I tax my car without an MOT?

Due to the coronavirus crisis, MOT certificates were extended by six months during the first lockdown.

This applied to cars, motorcycles and other light vehicles with certificates that were due to expire on or after March 30.

For example, if your MOT was due to expire on May 30, it would be valid until November 30.

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This was automatically updated three days before the original expiry date.

If this did not happen automatically, you had to email your vehicle registration number and your MOT expiry date to covid19mot@dvsa.gov.uk.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency then updated your vehicle’s record and emailed back to confirm this has been done.

Once the MOT certificate was extended, the vehicle could be taxed as normal.

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Any motorist caught driving without tax could be fined up to £1,000.

During the second lockdown in November, MOT services are permitted to remain open provided they follow COVID-secure guidelines.

Can I stop paying car taxing during coronavirus lockdown?

Yes, motorists can make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) declaration on their vehicles.

This essentially means, while you still own a car, neither you nor anyone else will be driving it.

The vehicle needs to be kept in a garage, driveway or on private land.

Declaring a SORN means you can stop paying tax on your car.

As for company cars, HMRC says it will issue official car tax guidance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson told Fleet News: “A car kept on an employee’s driveway during a period of furlough would still be considered to be made available. Neither would we accept a SORN declaration as proof of unavailability.

“Ordinarily, we would expect that the car is handed back to the employer so that it cannot be used.

“However, we recognise that under the current circumstances it may not be possible to hand the car itself back, we would accept that where all the keys (or tabs) are in possession of the employer, and the employee does not have the authority to request the keys are returned to them, the car would be unavailable.”

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