Published on September 30th, 2014 | by admin


The Car Tax Disc Is No More!

As of 1st October, vehicles will no longer need to display a paper vehicle tax disc in the front window however they still do need to be taxed.

It has been mandatory to display a valid vehicle tax disc for vehicles used or kept on our public roads since 1920 though vehicle excise duty was actually introduced even earlier than that way back 1889. For over a century, vehicle tax monies have been used to pay for a whole host of infrastructure projects on our road network including new roads, road widening and road repairs.

But from this Wednesday, a tax disc that still has months left to run can be removed from the vehicle and destroyed although windscreen card holders to hold parking permits and tickets could still be a useful accessory to have to hand in a vehicle.

It is important to note that vehicle tax can no longer be transferred with a vehicle when selling it. Instead, DVLA will send a refund to the owner for those full months left on the vehicle tax.

By using the latest technology the new system will keep track of who has paid, and use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to track all cars that haven’t paid.

The process of taxing a vehicle going forward remains largely unchanged though there is now also the option to pay for vehicle tax by continuous direct debit which is very handy as it would negate the risk of driving an untaxed vehicle having forgotten to buy a license.

In order to successfully apply for a vehicle tax disc it is imperative to have a valid MOT certificate as before. It is also still essential to apply for a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) for a vehicle not intended for use on a public road (that might be kept in a garage for instance).

It is vital to note that the consequences of not adhering to the correct vehicle tax rules and regulations can be extremely serious. As well as a fine of up to £1,000 or potential ban, there is even the risk of a vehicle being clamped, towed away and resold or even crushed.

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