As an Operator, you’ve booked your vehicle’s Annual Test nine months early. Then, you’ve spent an eyewatering about of money making sure it passes first time. You’ve checked, double-checked and triple-checked, and fingers crossed, you pass. So you can pootle off home with your nice Annual Test report and MOT certificate.
And then your vehicle road tax is due. You find there is no record of your vehicle having an up-to-date MOT certificate. Say what? You’re told to call the DVSA. You duely do this and they tell you that sometimes, the certificate doesn’t get uploaded to the system and you have to go to the Post Office with your MOT Certificate in order to renew the tax. It can be a little disheartening when you do everything correctly only to find out that someone hasn’t updated the system.
It doesn’t happen with every vehicle, or by every examiner but it certainly happens a lot more than it should. When we spoke to some DVSA examiners recently, they had no idea this was happening so I suggest, if it’s happened to you to let them know about this issue.