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Summary of New Tax Disc Regulations

Taking advantage of the continuing advances in technology, the bodies, businesses and organisations who keep daily life running smoothly are always looking for ways to make things easier. One job that features on every driver’s ‘to-do list’ at some point in the year is tax renewal of their vehicle. 

It’s a legal requirement to prove that your car is road-worthy, and this includes ensuring the tax is up-to-date and the license valid. In the spirit of technological advances and being environmentally friendly, the system was changed on 1st October so that it is entirely paperless for the first time in over 90 years.

With these changes, come some new rules that it’s worth knowing for next time you want to tick it off your list.

What’s changing?

•    From the 1st of October 2014, you will no longer need to exhibit your tax disc on the windscreen of your car. If you have any time left on the disc you can still remove it and destroy it
•    You can now tax your vehicle online
•    New ways to pay your vehicle tax
•    Automatic refunds from the DVLA when due
•    Police cameras will be able to check number plates to see if the tax has been paid

How do I tax my vehicle?

The DVLA will still send you a reminder that you need to renew your tax when the expiry date approaches. These changes now allow you to tax your vehicle online using the 16 digit number from your tax documents or the 11 digit number from your log book.

Paying your tax

•    From November 2014, most road users will also be able to pay your tax by Direct Debit annually, bi-annually and monthly
•    The payments will be automatic until you notify the DVLA of any changes or cancel at your bank
•    Direct Debit is not available for first reg vehicles, fleet schemes or Heavy Good Vehicles

Buying and Selling

•    When you buy a vehicle, you will now need to get new tax before you drive it, rather than transferring the old tax.
•    When you sell a vehicle you will get a refund for any full calendar months that remain on the vehicle tax.
•    Refunds from the DVLA are now automatic upon notification, so there is no need to apply.

It is estimated that these changes will save the taxpayer up to £10 million a year and will save the individual motorist money on postage. You can check if your vehicle is taxed at www.gov.uk with just the registration number and the make of the vehicle.

There is a video on YouTube by the DVLA called  ‘Goodbye to the Tax Disc’ for more information.

published: 07/10/2014 09:18:11

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