The DVLA is warning motorists that they will be unable to tax their vehicle online, by phone or at a Post Office next weekend, as most of its services are taken offline.

Essential systems maintenance means new car buyers will be forced to wait before they can drive their car home – so you might want to plan ahead.

The services, including the contact centre, will be unavailable from 3pm on Friday 17 August until 6am Monday 20 August (8am for the contact centre). During this period, it will not be possible to tax a car.

As the DVLA points out: “It’s against the law to drive an untaxed vehicle on the road. If you buy a car during this weekend you won’t be able to tax it until 6am on Monday 20 August.”

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