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Tax Disc Changes

As from today (1st October 2014) you will no longer be required to display your paper tax disc in your vehicle.

The new VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) system is all electronic. You will still get a reminder from the DVLA when your road tax is due for renewal, you can pay online, by phone or at the post office, but you will no longer be given a paper disc to display. Police will use automatic number plate readers to identify untaxed vehicles.

The price bands will remain the same, you can still choose to pay the cost upfront, but from 1st November you can also pay for your tax monthly by direct debit (there is a 5% surcharge for doing this). Paying by Direct Debit will mean you wont need to remember when to tax your vehicle, as payments will be taken until you notify the DVLA that the vehicle has been sold or SORN.

When selling a vehicle, any remaining tax will not be transferred over to the new owner. This means the buyer will not benefit from any remaining tax for the vehicle they are buying and will have to contact the DVLA to get it taxed.

Tax Disc Trivia

  • Over 1.7 billion tax discs have been issued since 1921 and 2013
  • You could be fined £1000 if you fail to comply with the new system
  • Estimated savings of £10 million for the tax payer
  • Ends 93 years of the tax disc