Although the gov.uk website is littered with impenetrable text and political one-upmanship very occasionally, a rather useful feature appears.
We have listed a number of these resources below:
Not sure if you taxed your car or when is the next MOT is due?
One of the serious drawbacks of the withdrawal of the iconic tax disk is you do not have physical evidence on a daily basis that your road tax is paid. Well, you can now check this out online.
Go to: https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ enter your registration number and follow the instructions. The process creates a report detailing when the next tax and MOT are due and even displays useful information about your car.
When do you reach the State Retirement Age?
The next online resource checks out your State Pension age and when you will get free bus travel.
Go to: https://www.gov.uk/state-pension-age/y enter your gender and date of birth.
Have you made enough NIC contributions to secure a full State Pension?
The next online resource, https://www.gov.uk/check-state-pension/sign-in/prove-identity, is a tad more complicated to use as you will need a Government Gateway or similar ID. Once you have passed this hurdle complete the questions to reveal your current state of play.
Thinking of buying a new car?
Finally, the Vehicle Certification Agency have an extensive online resource at https://carfueldata.vehicle-certification-agency.gov.uk/.
On this page you can access:
- Fuel consumption and emissions information on a new or used car
- Find vehicle and tax information on a new or used car
- Find the cost of tax for all vehicle types
- Find new cars by fuel economy
- Find new cars and show fuel running costs
- Find new cars by company car tax band
- Find new cars using alternative fuel types, and
- Download car fuel and emissions information.
A final search tip
If you want to find anything on the gov.uk website, you may find that entering the search criteria plus the address “gov.uk” into Google or any other search engine will be more productive than using the gov.uk search box.