The logistics of MOT requirements when touring abroad full time

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  1. Originalsmoothie

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    We are going to spend the next two to three years touring the continent. Do I have to come back to the UK every year to renew my MOT? Can I have it done on the continent? If I have to come back to the UK, where is the most convenient MOT testing station near the channel tunnel? I will want to have my habitation check done at the same time.
     
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    you will have to either return to the UK for MOT or register your van in country of residence.
    Technically, after 6 uninterrupted months in the same country you must register the van in that country.
     
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    As John said..

    it's real pain in the bum but no other way round it..
     
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    If the budget will stretch you could buy a new MH and not have to worry for three years.:)
     
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    We could afford a new motorhome, but then we wouldn't have enough money to travel, so we would be shooting ourselves in the collective foot with that idea!
     
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    Unfortunately it would appear to be true, same as RFL cost and renewal. we are reasonably near Dover and can do the hab and mechanical services and organise the MOT

    Any delays or problems you could have a hook up and live aboard still, you would need to book in advance

    Peter
     
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    Is it so bad to have to pop back once a year, especially so when during that quick visit you'll be is the best country in Europe anyway :) Time your visit for the same weekend that we have summer and you'll be sorted (y)
     
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    My last MOT was in March, but I suppose the sensible thing to do would be to have another done in October on my way down to Dover. I would be able to stay the winter in warmer climes then. How far in advance do I need to book?
     
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    I have moved our mot to the first week in August (last Friday) by having it done early. I chose August because it of school holidays as we don't want to be on holiday when millions of kids are. :LOL::LOL:
     
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    Yes, I would agree. Have another MOT in October. It gives you a full 12 months before returning and coming back to UK in October each year reduces ferry costs - unless of course you are a chunnel traveller.
     
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    Husks at Lydden, are on the A2 outside Dover and very handy for the Ferries 5 miles from the gates. I went there for my MOT on the old Ford. It is a lorry repair depot with Class 4 bay. I do not know of a Folkestone MOT shop with a bay big enough.
     
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    think you can get a 6 month test in spain . certainly used to be able to. cant be more as after 6 months the vehicle should be registered in spain.
    was useless when you came back as only uk ones count here.
    there has been garages issuing uk mpt certificates around marbella ,how real they are i cant say. but you also should tax vehicle as well.
    mind there are ways to be exempt mot,s that could be a way forward for you .
    mine is and i can tax on line or phone .
    read the rules and let them work for you.
     
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    As I understand the rules, without a current UK MoT certificate your insurance is not valid??
    So a Spanish test doesn't count.
    No doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong :)

    How is your UK registered vehicle exempt from a UK annual MoT?
     
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    if you got a spanish mot then your vehicle as an mot .
    where does it say must have a uk mot.
    my vehicle is a heavy car constructed or adapted to form part of an articulated vehicle and only used to pull trailers that are specified under orders.class38 today but was class35 on the old v112g forms. the trailer is a living van thats gvw is under 3.500kg.
    it does have to be kept road worthy.
    there are 41 classes of exemption for vehicles over 3,500kg
    and 15 for vehicles under 3,500kg .
    some of them would never fit a camper but some do.
    both my trucks were built to suit the criteria laid down by vosa . the mitzy i have now i built myself .
    it was originally a tipper truck . used by our local grave digger.
    vosa followed the build with interest as its also my disability vehicle .
     
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    Not quite as simple as a yes / no answer.. I had to Google ..

    Driving without a valid MOThttp://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/advice/buying/2016/is-your-insurance-valid/
    Driving without an MOT won't always make your insurance invalid. In most instances the insurers will still pay out in full - and if your car is stolen, or damaged, the payout will usually only be reduced to reflect the value of the car without a current MOT.

    However, some policies state in the small print that an MOT must be in force.

    If you drive on public roads without an MOT there will be a fine if you’re caught by the police, the only exception is if you’re travelling to a pre-booked MOT test, this must be a direct route though, and to your nearest garage that provides the test.

    some more advice here http://www.drivingtesttips.biz/no-mot-invalid-insurance.html
     
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    Thanks - interesting.
    As I understand what you've said, it's a UK registered vehicle which doesn't need an annual UK Mot.
    Does it have UK insurance as a UK registered vehicle?
    Would it be road legal in the UK?

    Just asking to better understand foreign based UK vehicles.
     
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    mine is uk based has uk insurance disabled tax but mot exempt.

    as to the spanish mot i know folk that have had it done . but the vehicle really needs tax.
    in truth for many it really is come back to uk ,mot and tax then off again .
    unless they read the rules and fit in with them . lots can and do .
    i do come home every year these days but also know i could tax by telephone or on line if need be and not come back . just move around country to country. yes if out for more than 12 months should tell dvla etc . used to do that when on an african trip . could be out 18 months just mot .tax on return .keeps same reg number . plus cant register abroad if you keep moving .
     
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    Can you let us know which weekend that will be Jim? BUSBY,,
     
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