a UK registered car in Mainland Europe - what evidence of current road tax do
you need to carry?|
item is based on a report in the latest newsletter released by the Federation
of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).
Reminder for Historic vehicle
You will also need to carry evidence that the vehicle has a current
road tax even though the car is VED exempt. You will see alongside that the first
line in the tabulated report says "12 month rate - £0.00"
because it is a VED exempt car. Further down the report it says "Vehicle
status - tax not due". When you printout the page your computer will put
a current date at the foot of the sheet.
For members going through the
VED exemption process - a tax class change from PLG to Historic and then an application
for a NIL value VED - you will see that this car secured Historic tax class status
earlier and the year of manufacture is shown as 1973.
when using the Vehicle Enquiry Service on the GOV.UK website
DVLA say you
need to enter the "registration number in a valid format" - if you do
not a red warning pops up saying just that blocking a search. So for registration
plates in the 1970s the correct format is MGG 88M - a space between the
letters and number but no space between the numbers and the "year letter",
in this case "M".
evidence of current road tax does a UK vehicle owner have when driving in Mainland
With the end of
the paper tax disc in the UK in October 2014, the primary route for checking the
current road tax status of a UK registered vehicle is the Vehicle Enquiry System
on the GOV.UK website. That website is being improved and has been running
as a Beta site. In the latest newsletter from the Federation of Historic Vehicle
Clubs (FBHVC) highlights concerns over "longstanding known errors in the
data held by DVLA, especially for historic vehicles". They then raise an
important concern for UK vehicle owners taking their cars abroad - will law enforcement
officers in Mainland Europe recognise the new position where UK vehicle keepers
have no documentary proof of the existence of valid road tax?
say "the position of DVLA is clear. They have notified our EU partners of
the change and they think that exhausts their legal obligations. They are probably
right. So our advice to members is that it would be prudent to carry the best
available evidence". But what is that?
Documentary proof on an
online VED renewal
On completing an online VED renewal using the GOV.UK
website that evidence is probably the confirmation page which appears at
the conclusion of the online taxation process. It can be printed off and does
carry the required information in a pretty clear format.
current VED and MOT status using the GOV.UK Vehicle Enquiry System website
You can run an online enquiry for your current VED status and expiry date
using the GOV.UK Vehicle Enquiry System which shows whether car is currently
taxed (on the date of the online enquiry) but probably more useful when driving
abroad it also shows the expiry date when the next tax is
- in the example above the next tax is on 1st April 2015. The enquiry also
shows whether the car has a current MOT and the expiry date. This page has the
official GOV.UK header so it would be worth printing off so you could carry the
copy of the Vehicle Enquiry report in your car.|
But that is fine for members
willing to renew their VED online or make a vehicle enquiry online but there are
many UK vehicle keepers who prefer to renew at their Post Office or even consider
that we ought to use the Post Office service to keep our local Post Office branch
going for all the other useful services they provide!
of a VED renewal at a Post Office
The FBHVC says "despite the suggestion
we had received from a few members just after the changeover, the Post Office
always prints out a till receipt. That is the case even if the vehicle is exempt
from VED when the till receipt should show a "Nil Value". The counter
clerk should always hand the till receipt (even if it is a Nil Value) to the applicant".
So the clear recommendation is the till receipt should be accepted from the Post
Office counter clerk as they complete the VED renewal process and carefully retained.
Be ready to ask for a Post Office till receipt before you leave the counter
and preferably have it stapled to the VED renewal notice too.
is however still some doubt whether a law enforcement officer in Mainland Europe
will find a printout of a GOV.UK webpage or a Post Office till receipt sufficient
evidence that a UK registered car has a current road tax. The FBHVC news item
concludes with - "UK keepers of a a UK registered vehicle who might be taking
their vehicles abroad should really give consideration to whether using the GOV.UK
online system, with its clear A4 size final confirmation page, is preferable to
the Post Office till receipt".