Vehicle tax disc

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  1. Kon tiki

    Kon tiki Read Only Funster

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    I was told by a dealer that the vehicle I am buying has been registered & taxed but the V5 & tax disc might not come before I collect the vehicle. He has assured me that I can legally drive the vehicle as long as the documents are in the post :Eek!: Does anybody know for sure that this is correct? I was certain that the offence is not displaying a valid tax disc even if you have paid & are waiting for it. I was nearly fined once as the disc had fell off the windscreen but I got away with a warning :Wink: but as you can now renew your tax online I was wondering if the rules has changed.
     
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    Tecnically there is still the offence of failing to display, but usually the officer can do a check , it would be extremely unusual for a prosecution to go ahead. even more so these days (cost benefit ratio etc)
     
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    I was advised by DVLA Swansea that I would not be able to drive the beast until the tax disc arrived (if I taxed online) they advised getting it from a post office if I needed to drive right away. So guess the law has not changed.
     
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    I think you are right - you can't drive a vehicle on the road without displaying a current tax disc. However if it has been applied for it should be on the dvla database so if you did use the vehicle and get stopped, they would be able to check. It might be best to wait a few days though to see if the rfl comes to be safe. Usually it takes a few days to come, but the eg .doc may take a while. In the end it's up to you how desperate you are to drive your new mh . Personally I wouldn't take the risk.
    Dave:thumb:
     
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    Take an old tax disc, photoshop it then change all the details Violla a new disc.

    When i used to do imports we went to the local DVLA and done it all then and there, but yes it is illegle, illeagle, ilegle....... against the law for failing to display a tax disc
     
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    Can't use the old disc as it's a new vehicle, difficult waiting as we had already put it off for a month & this weekend is the only time we can get our daughter to drive us over to pick it up. We always intended to stay over the weekend at the dealers while I check out everything over but might end up spending the winter there instead of heading south for Spain :RollEyes: as long as we can get a hook up :RollEyes:
     
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    hi kontiki,

    click here, DVLA and enter your make and reg.

    this will tell you if its been taxed yet and how much it costs ect.

    i use it all the time to keep tabs on my vehicles.

    john.
     
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    Good site to bookmark for checking DVLA details, another handy one for checking insurance is Motor Insurance Database
    It is supposed to be for checking your own insurance :RollEyes:
     
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    Tax Disc

    It is without doubt illegal to take a vehicle on a public road without displaying a tax disc even if it is lying on the floor you can be prosecuted.
    In addition some of the Mobile Camera`s seen are not speed camera`s but are checking Tax Discs, the Bar Code is readable, if you are normally a law abiding citizen I would`nt risk it.
     
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    not doubting you at all but would it not be easier for the police to check with DVLA like they always have.

    number plate recognition reveals all the data held by DVLA.

    TV ad.........not taxed....we know where you are...:Rofl1::Rofl1:yeah right.:Doh:
     
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  11. stagman

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    I bought a tax disc for my car and in a rush put it the wrong way round in the holder,i.e. tax disc facing inside Police officer saw it and told me to turn it round as it is an offence not to display it properly.Another time a mate of mine got pulled in as he had displayed his in the centre of the screen behind the mirror.So i think it is an offence if you don't display the disc.
     
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    Yeahhhhhh.......always ensure your fake photoshop job is on display.:RollEyes:

    Otherwise its illegal! :Rofl1:
     
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    Its illegal to be on the road without dispalying a current tax disc. You can find almost every detail concening your vehicle from the dvla website ie, tax, insurance, mot etc.

    A couple of us were on the web researching whether or not you could drive too an MOT Testing station without tax because you cant get tax without a valid mot. We came to the conclusion that you can and this was confirmed by the dvla over the phone. Its a bit daft in this day and age with the amount of information available to be able to tax the vehicle on line and then not be able to drive it. If you were to get done it would be by a camera rather than a bobby stopping you.
    Cheers
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    Somewhat off the point but nowadays more and more motorcyclists are keeping their VEL in a pocket or under the seat .....
    Reason being it is very easy to steal a bikes tax disk and use it for various thingsit was never meant to do ! :cry:
    I have been stopped and asked where the disk is.... in my pocket officer... Ok, on you go then..

    Yes, there is a law you would be breaking which is indeed failure to display.. Standard fine used to be £20.00
    I would say it has gone up from that nowadays but I honestly cannot remember anyone in the last 15 years being reported for the offence.
    As said elsewhere, cost ratio makes it not very viable ( unless they can add it to another offence of course :Eeek:)
     
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    The thing to remember is that this law was in place and used, when electronic checking was not available, and the only way it could be checked was when displayed,
    It's a bit like a local bylaw requiring us here in Robin Hood Country, to practise the "Long Bow" every Sunday,:Doh: a little bit outa date:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Geo
     
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    Most dealers now have the facility to issue tax disc without a visit to the DVLA (or my Kia dealer did)

    If the cant they should have gone to the DVLA or POST OFFICE and tax the vehicle there and get a disc straight away.

    Not impressed with your dealer:thumbdown:
     
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    when i bought my pickup (new from dealer) the dealer asked for my insurance certificate so the tax would be in place when i collected the pickup.
    they can also get the tax foreward dated ,on a NEW vehicle only, as a one-off for upto 7 days so if your collection date is just before the month end it will be taxed for 12months and 1 week at a pro-rata cost rather than 12months and lose 3 weeks tax for the current month.
    they did this for me and it seems common practice for dealers to do this.
     
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    the correct and legal position is bottom left of windscreen, correct way up and not obscured by wiperblades ect.
    if it cant be read easily, in daylight, from the nearside without moving obstructions its an offence:Eek!:

    vehicle excise and registration regulations 1994 states......

    section 3 / 33 Not exhibiting licence

    (1) A person is guilty of an offence if—

    (a) he uses, or keeps, on a public road a vehicle in respect of which vehicle excise duty is chargeable, and

    (b) there is not fixed to and exhibited on the vehicle in the manner prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State a licence for, or in respect of, the vehicle which is for the time being in force.
     
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