Don't risk driving your untaxed vehicle this weekend! If you do, you could face a hefty £1,000 fine.
If you are thinking of taxing your car or van this weekend, think again! Due to scheduled work on the DVLA web site, you will not be able to tax your car - even if you visit a Post Office as they rely on the web site too.
According to their web site, the DVLA state that the site and the call centre will be closed for a systems upgrade this weekend from Friday 17th August 2018 at 3pm until Monday 20th August 2018 at 6am, although the call centre will not come online again until 8am.
The notice issued by the DVLA includes the statement "Remember, it's against the law to drive an untaxed vehicle on the road." "If you buy a car this weekend, you won't be able to tax it until 6am on Monday. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."
However, the main risk of breaking the law applies to buyers of used cars as they may not be aware of the service being closed until they try to tax their new vehicle. The AA suggest that if you find yourself in this position it's best not to risk driving your untaxed vehicle. There is no grace period and hasn't been for many years and the maximum penalty for driving with no car tax is a pretty grim £1,000.
Drivers of leased cars however will not have this problem as all cars are delivered with road tax and are automatically taxed for every year of the lease contract. So another great reason for leasing a car - hassle-free driving guaranteed.