New Rules for the Car Tax Disc

First introduced in 1921, the car tax disc will cease to exist in paper form from 1st October when a new electronic system will take its place. Drivers who don’t follow the new rules could face a £1,000 fine.

The new rules announced in the Autumn Statement last year mean that motorist will now have to register their car online to pay Vehicle Excise Duty better known as Road Tax. This can be done at a Post Office branch or via Direct Debit on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website

Drivers who don’t register for Road Tax, will be captured by number plate recognition cameras which track each vehicle on the road.  The move aims to streamline service and, it is claimed, save British businesses millions of pounds a year in administrative costs.

The change mostly affects those buying or selling a used car.  Anyone who buys a used car will no longer benefit from any remaining months left on the tax disc, as the vehicle tax will not be transferred with the car. This means buyers will need to renew their tax disc straight away, or risk being caught out on the road in an untaxed car.

If you have any questions about how this could affect your business please do not hesitate to contact Leonherman on 0161 249 5040