A minor rant this one. Sorry.
I finally had an MOT for the car and despite other issues I wanted it road legal and ready to drive as soon as possible. I collected my documents from the garage and applied for my car tax online. First off I will say I am impressed with the DVLA’s car tax portal [prices aside], the way it checks MOT and insurance details is very good indeed. I selected 6 months’ tax to keep it out of synch with the MOTs for the 924S and my other car [and Christmas]. Proceeding through to check out I was told it would take up to 5 days to receive…
Obviously I don’t like paying tax but I was very happy to receive the above, with what it stood for. Anyway, the rant…
I bought the car in April 2011. The previous owner was a trader, although it was a private car, which he’d owned since January 2008. When my the car arrived, putting the paperwork aside, I got on with the business of trying to fix it. Days later, about the time I was wondering if the car was SORN, the V5 arrived. My 924S was mine, officially.
So why one earth was it that the DVLA’s web site, which reconciles information for 2 third party databases, issued me a warning after I bought the above car tax. In bold red text I was informed that I may be subject to a fine for my car not being taxed or SORN’d since 2008. What? The system “knows” that I have only owned the car for a number of months and surely the car not being taxed should have been mentioned when the V5 arrived.
I know that the MOT system, while now linked to the DVLA is separate from it and that the insurance data is collected by the DVLA from a external parties but the car tax data is registered directly with the DVLA as is the vehicle registration data. Yes there is a due diligence issue on my part, but I’ve never SORN a vehicle before, I don’t know how it works. The information is there, DVLA, please help me out.
I haven’t heard anything from the DVLA about the missing tax years. Yet. I am hoping this isn’t automated and there is a human element, someone who has reviewed the case and managed to deduce the above chain of events and cut me some slack. At least I hope so. Otherwise in addition to one of the warmest Decembers on record the UK could witness the mother of all hissy fits.