Going Backwards or is It Forwards?
We got a new (new to us) car earlier this year and I only noticed a few days ago that it is due its annual vehicle test later this month. When we went to book the test, all the available dates were for August, which is well past the date the vehicle must be tested by. (Note: for anyone in the UK, we live in Northern Ireland, and vehicle tests are still done by the government here, not by local garages, which I am glad of, so we can't just pick another garage.)
If you drive the vehicle on the road without a valid vehicle test certificate, you can be prosecuted, (and quite right too, the vehicle might not be roadworthy) which would mean that we couldn't use the car until we had the test done (once the vehicle test certificate for last year has expired, you can only drive the car to and from a test appointment). So we booked the first available test at our preferred centre, even though it is for August.
The vehicle test appointment system is automated, so once you have a test date booked, you can change it online if you want. I have been online every couple of hours and have now changed the test date to 28th of July and then 24th July. That date is still 3 days outside the expiry date for the current certificate but a lot better than over a week. I will check again soon and see if I can improve on that!
BINGO!!!! I have now managed to get a date on the evening BEFORE the current vehicle test certificate expires
Backwards or Forwards?
Seeing as the date for the test has changed from early August to late July to earlier in July, it seems that Iam going backwards, but actually I am going forwards, because the test dates are earlier!
I could say I am "moving forwards" but that is such an overused phrase here at present (like the "Grass Roots" phrase from a few years ago) that I cannot bring myself to say it!
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