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DVLA £350 fine for no tax. (Pre-booked MOT, but was unable to reach the MOT centre).

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We had a car at my sisters house on the driveway.

It had no tax or MOT.


We booked it into the MOT, and began driving to the pre-booked MOT.

On the way, it was clear there was something wrong with the car above 40MPH, some knocking sounds and the engine went into limp mode.

Half way through the journey, we diverted and drove to our garage instead, and then reported this to the MOT center. 


We fixed the problems a week later (at our garage), booked the MOT again,

literally drove up the road to make sure the problem was fixed,

turned around, went back to the garage before heading back out for the MOT center less than an hour later where it had passed and then drove back to the garage. 


We've since received a letter from the DVLA to say we have a £350 fine for having no tax on the vehicle.

We don't know if this was from the initial attempt to go to the MOT, or if this was from a camera which happens to be near our garage on the second attempt.

We've appealed, sending proof of the MOT's and have not heard anything for a week. 


I just want to know if we actually did anything wrong?

We didn't stop anywhere else or use the car for any other purpose. 



Edited by JoeyJoeC

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as long as your have proof of both MOT bookings you should be fine.


ok its stretching it a bit in a round about way, but in another way its not.


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Was the car declared off road (SORN) when the last tax ended?

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