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Road Tax Help

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:42 pm
by james couper
NEW MOT, car insured, LAST MOT 1992, never on SORN, went to post office to get it Road Tax, nice lady said as it was over 40 years old it would be tax free, but she could not managed to process it, it was coming up road tax £255.00, can chassis number is 7M52 /182 is this in the road tax free age / band if so how do you go about it or will i have to pay the road tax for one year then apply for free road tax or will it be next year before it qualifies. Dont want to pay £255.00 then find out i could have saved you hard earned cash.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:03 pm
by james couper
On insurance, asked my classic car insurance provider regarding not requiring an MOT as the car was over 40 years, his replay was their policies documents state car must have MOT, he never indicated that they would be changing their policy documents therefore it maybe worth checking what you insurance documents state before deciding not to MOT your car, it may take insurance companies some time to catch up if they ever do.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:14 pm
by philhoward
You need to change the taxation class from PLG to "Historic Vehicle" which I think is a case of filling out the relevant section of the V5C, and handing it in at the Post Office: https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles/ap ... -exemption

They should be able to give you a free tax disc, send off the V5C, then you get a shiny new one in the post.

Or I think that's how it works?

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:21 pm
by MarkHawkins
I've done 2 this year but it did require 'special skills' - the first time the counter assistant spent time puzzling through it before calling his boss over. She swiftly made the changes and tax was issued. The second time (a couple of weeks later) he looked at the form again and quickly handed it over to the boss who know what to do.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:22 pm
by gordonmc
philhoward wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:14 pm
You need to change the taxation class from PLG to "Historic Vehicle" which I think is a case of filling out the relevant section of the V5C, and handing it in at the Post Office: https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles/ap ... -exemption

They should be able to give you a free tax disc, send off the V5C, then you get a shiny new one in the post.

Or I think that's how it works?
That's exactly how I got my fee-free road licence.
However, it took a trip- to two different post-offices to do it. The first point blank refused to accept anyone other than disabled was eligible for free road fund licence. The second initially said the same and had to be pursuaded to check the DVLA website before taking my amended V5

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:42 pm
by Nigel Clark
gordonmc wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:22 pm
philhoward wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:14 pm
You need to change the taxation class from PLG to "Historic Vehicle" which I think is a case of filling out the relevant section of the V5C, and handing it in at the Post Office: https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles/ap ... -exemption

They should be able to give you a free tax disc, send off the V5C, then you get a shiny new one in the post.

Or I think that's how it works?
That's exactly how I got my fee-free road licence.
However, it took a trip- to two different post-offices to do it. The first point blank refused to accept anyone other than disabled was eligible for free road fund licence. The second initially said the same and had to be pursuaded to check the DVLA website before taking my amended V5
That's exactly how it worked for me back in April when taxing my '77 SE6A as historic for the first time. All very easy at my local post office, cashier knew what to do, issued receipt for free tax. 3 weeks later a new V5C came through the post from Swansea, amended to historic vehicle tax class.

Nigel

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:50 pm
by Laters
Went through the above at my local post office.
First member of staff didn't have a lot of idea but manager soon pointed her in the right direction.
Receipt issued for the 12 months free tax and new v5 dropped through door just over 3 weeks later.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:17 pm
by 1969SE5
renewed mine on-line, straight forward no problem at all.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:31 pm
by philhoward
1969SE5 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:17 pm
renewed mine on-line, straight forward no problem at all.
Tax or MoT exemption?

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:01 pm
by Old and Slow
I agree with Phil, there are two separate issues, I believe it is because there are two different government departments, one for tax and one for MOTs:
Firstly, the V5C can be re-issued to say "historic Vehicle";
Then once the MOT runs out you can get it declared a "Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI)" which means it doesn't need an MOT (subject to James Couper's comments above, of course).
That's my understanding, anyway.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:33 pm
by james couper
Phoned DVLA they said as the car was registered on the 10/03/1978 it will be next year before it is tax free and all i would have to do was go to the post office and they should be able to register it as Tax free.
I thought that getting the car registered as a Historic Vehicle was for the MOT not Tax, or is this for both, will try and find out, but i recommend that you check with your insurance provider before deciding not to MOT your car.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:46 pm
by 1969SE5
taxed, declaration during process on line that MOT not relevant.

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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:14 pm
by Roger Pennington
james couper wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:33 pm
I thought that getting the car registered as a Historic Vehicle was for the MOT not Tax, or is this for both, will try and find out, but i recommend that you check with your insurance provider before deciding not to MOT your car.
Not exactly, getting the car put in the "historic" taxation class (rather than the usual "PLG"), is what you need to do to get free tax, registering the car as a "vehicle of historical interest" is what you additionally need to do in order to be MOT-exempt.