MOT & Tax Whilst Abroad?

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  1. Marrwyck

    Marrwyck Read Only Funster

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    Hi,
    Can anyone answer this query for us please:

    Next week we leave for France & a 9 month tour of Europe.
    We say 9 months because that's when our MOT & Tax will need renewing on our Knaus motorhome.

    I understand that tax isn't a problem, form comes in post, someone gets it for you, posts it out to PO box in another country.

    But what about the MOT?
    Can't seem to get an answer on this one.

    Or can we just stay in Europe without Tax & MOT but renew insurance over the net. Then when we are ready to come back to the UK on arriving at Dover, Tax & MOT motorhome then :Smile:
     
  2. Pikey Pete

    Pikey Pete Read Only Funster

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    Those of us who spend all our time on tour away from the UK, have this problem every year. The tax can be done over the internet or by post, but you have to go back to the UK for the MOT. Not to renew the tax can lead to a fine or worse. You could SORN the vehicle and re-register on return to the UK, but your insurance could be invalid if you do not have Tax and MOT. I just bite the bullet and return to the UK for the MOT. Just had service and MOT taken care of by Johns Cross Motors near Hastings, which is not too far from Dover. I used them because I could arrange it over the net, and spend no more time in the UK than I have too. All done and dusted in one day and they are nice people to deal with.:thumb:
    Pete.
     
  3. Funnymunny

    Funnymunny Read Only Funster

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    Unfortunately there is no way to legaly get an MOT whilst abroad you have to come back to the UK to stay road legal whilst abroad
     
  4. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Unfortunately as Pete says you have to come back to the UK for MOT as it is impossible to tax the MH over the internet without a valid MOT and Insurance.

    Its all computer linked these days, Swansea can check both the MOT and Insurance details in the same way the Police can with number plate recognition cameras.

    Regards

    Peter
     
  5. Brisey

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    Hi Marrwyck

    Will try to answer your query, but I stand to be corrected.
    Whilst abroad your vehicle must be compliant with the rules and regulations of the country in which it is registered. This means that you cannot allow your tax and MOT to expire.
    The easy way out of the MOT situation is to go and have an MOT carried out next week before you leave the UK, will cost you £40 or so but will keep you legal for 12 months.
    With regard to tax, someone could get it for you and post it on, the problem here is that they will need your current MOT and insurance certificate to obtain it from the post office. If by chance you get stopped by the police in Europe you will need to produce these documents which you will not be able to do if you have posted them to the person getting your tax disc. Failure to produce these documents whilst abroad could lead to your vehicle being impounded.
    The only solution I can think of is to renew your tax on line when your MOT and insurance will be checked automatically. The new tax disc will be posted to your home address and can then be forwarded on to you.
    Whatever you do do not let either of them run out as it could invalidate your insurance.
    Hope this helps, have a great trip
    Brisey
     
  6. Marrwyck

    Marrwyck Read Only Funster

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    Thxs everyone for the info.

    Well it looks like it's back to the UK next March then.
    Until then we'll just keep on enjoying ourselves.

    Shame that being in Europe doesn't allow us to Tax & MOT our vehicles whilst in Europe. Must be something to do with European Law, :BigGrin:
     
  7. Parcverger

    Parcverger Funster - Campsite Owner

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    No, its UK rules - there is no such thing as road tax in France!
     
  8. stagman

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    You could also cancel your present tax and get refunded and then take out a completely new one for 12 months along with your new mot which has already been suggested.
     
  9. Thepips

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    You don't need to let your MOT expire before you renew it. Take it in before you go and you can stay away for a year. For the tax disc you've already had a couple of suggestions. Renew online when it's due or cash it in and buy a 12 month disc.
    In the scheme of things it's not going to cost too much to ensure you're legal for the trip and you've got a few months lee way for other distractions!

    Regards
    Doug
     
  10. nomadic

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    MOT over the water

    Can I just add to the forgoing:

    If you renew your road fund excise over the "nett" you will get an automated confirmation reply, to your mailbox.....Print it off, and keep it safe...it is proof you have paid your dues, and are fit for the road.

    Just done this, the tax disc arrived two days later, not at all bad, but I appreciate it will take longer to be posted out to you. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to specify any other address than the log book registered address...I admit, it does make sence.

    Good luck and enjoy your trip

    Nomadic
     
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