IF YOU fail to pay or renew your car tax you could be forced to pay a hefty fine.
Are you unsure of when your car tax is due for renewal? Here’s how to check in just a few seconds.
What is car tax?
Car tax is also known as vehicle excise duty (VED) and is a tax on the emissions your car produces.
All car owners must pay tax for any car driven on UK roads unless a car is considered exempt.
The cost of tax varies depending on the make, model, year and value of your car.
And the amount that you pay may change each year.
Car tax can be paid in a single payment for the whole year, once every six months or monthly.
A single yearly payment is the cheapest way to pay and will save you pounds.
Some vehicles may be exempt from car tax, but every owner needs to apply for it on the gov.uk website.
How can I check my car tax renewal date?
Don’t panic if you are unsure of when your road tax expires, it’s really easy to check.
Simply visit the gov.uk website and enter your vehicle registration number.
If you need to renew your car tax you can now pay by direct debit once a year, every six months or monthly.
The DVLA takes direct debit payments on the first working day of the month.
And by paying by direct debit your car tax will renew automatically.
When it is due to be renewed, the DVLA will send you an email or letter telling you when and how much your future payments will be.
What are the penalties if my vehicle isn’t taxed?
If you are caught driving your vehicle without tax, you will face an £80 on the spot fine.
Should you fail to pay the fine, it could increase up to £1,000 and the case could end up in court.
And if you are keeping a car untaxed without a SORN (statutory off-road notice), you could face a fine of £1,000.
This can increase to £2,500 if you are using an untaxed car that has a SORN in place.
Untaxed cars are also at risk of being clamped or towed away – and the release of a car or clamp removal will mean added charges.