5-day exemption from the offence of not-displaying a valid vehicle licence (tax disc)

robert.saunders

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Oct 11, 2004
Messages
3,744
Location
South Lincs / Hampshire
Car
W210 E300TD
Today, received a letter from DVLA which states a change in the law which came into effect 1 September 2008, and I quote verbatim:


"From this date, there will be an exemption from the offence in Section 33 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA) of not displaying a valid tax disc. This will apply for the first five working days at the beginning of the month in which the tax disc commences.

It will be legal for motorists to drive or keep their vehicle on a public road without a current tax disc, for the first five working days of any month. This exemption from displaying a tax disc applies only when an application for a new disc has been made before the previous one has expired.

Motorists are advised to display the expired tax disc, however, they will be committing an offence if they continue to use or keep the vehicle on a public road without a current valid tax disc after the first five [working] days of the month.

Enforcement officers responsible for enforcing offences relating to the non-display of valid tax discs should be made aware of this change."
 
Last edited:

Dieselman

Banned
Joined
Jul 13, 2003
Messages
34,206
Car
Peugeot 403 Convertible
Seems a bit odd. I wonder why :confused:
Presumably because people are applying online just before the expiry of their old licence and they are in the post.
Technically they are commiting an offence by failure to display though.
 

recycled

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 26, 2007
Messages
4,278
maybe they have lost all the car and driver details
 

recycled

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 26, 2007
Messages
4,278
Presumably because people are applying online just before the expiry of their old licence and they are in the post.
Technically they are commiting an offence by failure to display though.

well it says it will be legal for 5 days after applying so no offence in that case.
the offence only starts after 5days
 

Will

Hardcore MB Enthusiast
SUPPORTER
Joined
Jan 21, 2003
Messages
11,849
Location
Surrey
Car
GL63 AMG / 190E 2.5-16 / Porsche 911
Seems a bit odd. I wonder why :confused:
To encourage use of the online tax system.

Many people wait until the end of the month to purchase a tax disc (when most people get paid). If it happens to fall over a weekend etc, there's a good chance the disc might not arrive in time.

Obviously people can use a post office, but I think this new grace period is a good idea as it takes care of this issue where someone has applied and paid for a disc in time, but is still waiting for it to arrive from the DVLA.

Will
 

andy_k

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Apr 23, 2003
Messages
5,204
Location
Bexhill, East sussex
Car
Alfa GTV 3.0
Obviously falling behind with their 'On-Line Renewal'...... No surprise there.....
we've been using the online service for our cars since it started, the longest we've had to wait for a tax disk is 4 days.

That's hardly "falling behind" is it?
 

recycled

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 26, 2007
Messages
4,278
"From this date, there will be an exemption from the offence in Section 33 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA) of not displaying a valid tax disc. This will apply for the first five working days at the beginning of the month in which the tax disc commences.

It will be legal for motorists to drive or keep their vehicle on a public road without a current tax disc, for the first five working days of any month. .

Motorists are advised to display the expired tax disc, however, they will be committing an offence if they continue to use or keep the vehicle on a public road without a current valid tax disc after the first five [working] days of the month.
."

Pretty clear to me.
it will be legal for 5 days
 

Dieselman

Banned
Joined
Jul 13, 2003
Messages
34,206
Car
Peugeot 403 Convertible
well it says it will be legal for 5 days after applying so no offence in that case.
the offence only starts after 5days
What I meant was that technically the offence is failure to display a valid disk. It appears they are relaxing this a little for people that have genuinely applied.
It seems very reasonable to me.
 

recycled

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 26, 2007
Messages
4,278
What I meant was that technically the offence is failure to display a valid disk. It appears they are relaxing this a little for people that have genuinely applied.
It seems very reasonable to me.

oh ok sorry misunderstood
 

Shude

Hardcore MB Enthusiast
Joined
Jun 1, 2002
Messages
13,882
Location
Cheshire
Car
CLK55 AMG
What I meant was that technically the offence is failure to display a valid disk. It appears they are relaxing this a little for people that have genuinely applied.
It seems very reasonable to me.
It's a good idea.

A couple of years ago I bought my tax disc online and it arrived in good time but it wasn't actually on the windscreen until the 2nd of the month due to my own stupidity! Even though I'd paid for it I would still have been done for "failure to display", lucky I was reminded by Plodd at the GTG on the night of the 1st (he did threaten to write me up for it but that might have put his forum account in jeopardy! ;) ).

With the big brother DVLA computer watching your every move the "failure to display" offence is largely redundant as if you've not paid your RFL then you'll be fined.
 

MangoMan

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
1,936
Location
Hampshire South Coast.
Car
1999 W208 CLK430 Coupe Avantgarde.....
This is going back some, but as far as I can remember you always had a 14 day grace period from when the old Tax Disc expired anyway. Does anyone else remember that?

And as far as 'That's hardly "falling behind" is it?' Lets wait and see shall we.....

Ciao.
 

kth286

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 4, 2003
Messages
2,922
Location
Caversham Berks
Car
E320 Coupe
robert

can i ask why you received the letter - is it part of a mass mail out ?

I have not seen anything.
 

gina2201

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 2, 2007
Messages
2,792
Location
Cornwall
Car
Audi A4 Quattro Avant S-Line
In regards to the 14 day grace myth, I rang DVLA about this when I bought a car and they said yes it is ok??? I AM CONFUZZLED!!!! :(
 

timskemp

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Dec 9, 2006
Messages
3,090
Location
Hull
Car
W213 E220d
there is no official grace period, however I know myself from being careless in the past that if you relicense within a short time they may write to you, you can write back and tell them it was a genuine mistake or were on holiday and they have the ability to waive the fine. I've done it, and a friend of mine has also.

DVLA are quite a reasonable bunch, a copper having a bad day may write you up for it though.

The 5 day grace on fail to display is sensible.
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top Bottom