30th May 2014
Tax Discs out…
As of October 1st 2014 the paper tax disc will no longer have to be displayed in your car. The DVLA have set up an updates and advice page on the announcement section of the Government website.
The objective in abolishing the paper tax disc was mainly to provide administrative cost savings to the taxpayer and businesses and the removal of an administrative inconvenience to motorists.
With the new system there will be changes when buying a new car, selling a car and registering if a car is off the road (SORN). When buying a new car the tax will not be carried over so the new owner will have to apply for tax before they are able to use the vehicle. Automatic tax refunds will be in place when you inform DVLA that you are no longer using the car for any reason, cutting down on administrative cost for the vehicle owner and the DVLA themselves as no applications will need to be made.
The paper tax disc was to be displayed in the vehicle windscreen as evidence that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) has been paid. Now the driver, the DVLA and the police will solely rely on the DVLA’s electronic vehicle register and tools like automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and cameras to support Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) compliance.
The Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system carry’s multiple features. The use of technology within the system allows the cameras to register a ‘hit’ if the driver is wanted by the police, this helps the police force intercept and make arrests using the real time data, also the ANPR can be used to indicate whether a vehicles MOT is up to date.