De­layed by the DVLA

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Last week I pur­chased an MG from a pri­vate seller, which was taxed un­til the end of June. I drove it home ap­par­ently un­law­fully as it was then il­le­gal as the pre­vi­ous owner had no­ti­fied the DVLA of the sale, giv­ing my ad­dress.

Want­ing to drive the car dur­ing the re­cent great hot weather I tried to tax the car on­line with­out the ref­er­ence num­ber of the new reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment. This was not pos­si­ble, so I then spoke to the DVLA to tax the car and was told I wouldn’t be able to un­til they had re­ceived a new doc­u­ment in my name – which would take seven to ten days.

This is bu­reau­cratic non­sense. Why isn’t it pos­si­ble to tax a car im­me­di­ately? And why does it take at least a week for Swansea to get its act to­gether and send a new form, so that I can then tax on­line? Mad­ness – I feel bet­ter hav­ing writ­ten in! ❚ Ian Roberts, by email

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