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End of the paper tax disc

Did you know that the laws are changing in regard to displaying a paper style tax disc in a vehicles windscreen?

From the 1st of October 2014 a new electronic system will be in place to monitor vehicle road tax, this will help save many millions of pounds for the government & make it easier for the policing of non-taxed vehicles using our roads, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras will alert the police that a vehicle has passed it that does not have valid road tax in place.

To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.

The rules are also changing in regard to the vehicle tax when you are buying or selling a vehicle, basically the tax expires as soon as the transaction is made & the new owner needs to tax the vehicle immediately to enable continued road use, the seller no longer needs to claim any full months back as it is refunded automatically once the person named on DVLA vehicle register notifies the DVLA that one of the following has occurred:-

  • vehicle has been sold or transferred
  • vehicle has been scrapped at an Automated Treatment Facility
  • vehicle has been exported
  • vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
  • person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class

Another added bonus for the consumer is the ability to pay for your vehicles road tax by direct debit, either monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis), 6 monthly or annually, helping households to budget rather than having to find the full amount in one go.

As always things can change & it’s advisable to check the government website to confirm the current rules at the time of your inquiry.

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