For information on 2017 changes to VED car tax check out our article. - Pre-registered models may be the only option for car buyers to beat new road tax rates
It's now 2017, which means the new rules for VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) or road tax are set to come into effect very soon. This means big changes to the system, including a switch up to new road tax bands which will affect anyone buying a new car from April 2017.
The big question for new car buyers is this: is it better to wait until April 1st, or is it more cost effective to change cars before the new regulations come into force? The answer depends entirely on your planned vehicle and most importantly its CO2 emissions!
The following information aims to ensure your journey is a safe one and to help you identify legitimate taxi vehicles and drivers licenced to operate.
For your safety all taxis and private hire vehicles licenced by a council must be properly insured, pass regular checks for road worthiness and drivers must meet stringent standards. All licenced drivers are expected to behave in a courteous manner, so please treat drivers with the same courteous.
Why have an MOT and Service
Routine MOTs and servicing are important to the continued health of your car, but they both serve different purposes. MOTs check that your car is in a safe state to be driven on the road, whereas services replenish much needed fluids and items in your car that help extend the life of the car while helping to keep it roadworthy.
Even though it’s not a requirement to have a service before your car’s MOT test, some of the areas covered in a service can help your car pass its MOT.
Your car and the MOT
Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in a road worthy condition at all times. The road worthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the test we call the MOT. The first test is required once a car is three years old. (There are different rules if you use it as a taxi or if it has more than 8 passenger seats).
The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of test. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.