Editor's Blog1 min ago
No V5 = No road tax
Have seen a car I really want to buy but it has no V5. Done all the checks and it is legit, just ex-fleet, who are notoriously bad with paperwork.
I have the MOT and am insured to drive but need road tax, which of course is not possible until the V5 is in my name. So how do I get it home? Once home I will put in the garage till I have V5 (3-6 weeks) and then tax it.......it is just the 250 mile road trip home?
Any idea's/suggestions/advice appreciated.
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Since you are asking the question, I presume you already know that technically, as the driver, it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle has a valid VED disc on display before driving it on the public highway and failure to do so could lead to a fine of up to �1000 or roadside fixed penalty but with no license endorsment.
I am sure that the situation you describe occurs daily, however the DVLA seems to offer no advice on the matter.
I would presume that if you were stopped by the police you could explain the lack of VED, especially if this were backed up with a sales receipt.
I rang the DVLA at the beginning of this week. If you get the V62 from the post office and send it to DVLA with �19, you will receive a V5 in your name. (They do security checks, so the last named owner will need to know who you are).
To get it home without tax, forget that you have the MOT. Make an appointment for an MOT at a garage near your home. If you are stopped on the way, refer to the appointment - the police will check that it exists and you are then exempt from tax for that journey only. If you pass your home on the way to the testing station, stop there. A bit devious.