Paper road tax discs set to be abolished

Paper road tax discs set to be abolished

Paper road tax discs set to be abolished

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THE paper tax disc will be relegated to the depths of history at the end of next month, after being a feature of British motoring for almost 100 years.

The decision has been made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which claims that abolishing discs will save the taxpayer £10million a year in printing and postage costs.

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It is also predicted to save businesses millions of pounds in administrative costs every year.

The disc was introduced in 1921 but officials say it is no longer needed, and the DVLA and police will now rely on an electronic register.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, which are already in use by Lancashire Police, will now be used to establish whether or not a vehicle is taxed.

If the correct tax has not been paid, details of the registered owner will be passed to the DVLA, which will issue a fine.

Paul Talbot from East Lancashire Institute of Advanced Motorists said the changes puts more onus on the driver.

He said: “I think it’s going to be very difficult to police because it will rely entirely on computer databases being up to date. The onus will be put back on the driver to ensure that the vehicle is taxed. As long as the burden of proof is able to be proved conclusively, I don’t think either myself or the organisation would have a problem with it.”

One of the main changes that will be brought about by the new system is that second-hand cars will no longer be able to be sold privately with tax included.

Under the new system all buyers will have to tax their vehicle immediately after purchase – before even taking it home – or they will risk being caught driving an untaxed car.

If a vehicle is sold with unexpired tax the seller will automatically receive a refund for all full remaining calendar months.

Drivers who will be renewing their vehicle tax between now and October 1 have also been told they will have to cut out their own tax discs.

The DVLA has now run out of perforated paper and will print in-house instead.

A DVLA spokeswoman said: “The benefits of a paper tax disc have become redundant over time as DVLA and the police now rely on DVLA’s electronic vehicle register and ANPR technology to check if a vehicle is taxed or not.

“That is why from October 1 motorists will no longer need to display a tax disc in their vehicle. But they will still need to tax it.

“To make sure we deliver the best possible savings to the taxpayer we have not procured more stock for these last few weeks, and will instead print the remaining discs in house. This applies to discs issued by DVLA only — the Post Office will continue to use their existing stock.”

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11:04am Fri 29 Aug 14

Lancslad01 says...

old news
old news Lancslad01
  • Score: 0

11:53am Fri 29 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Finally, it's going to be legal to display a Guinness label, in place of the tax disc...
About time!
Finally, it's going to be legal to display a Guinness label, in place of the tax disc... About time! woolywords
  • Score: 10

11:57am Fri 29 Aug 14

Yorkshire Dave from gods county says...

So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road
So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road Yorkshire Dave from gods county
  • Score: 23

12:05pm Fri 29 Aug 14

burner says...

Yorkshire Dave from gods county wrote:
So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road
You don't . . . . but if a suitably equipped cop car drives past . . . . . . .
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Dave from gods county[/bold] wrote: So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road[/p][/quote]You don't . . . . but if a suitably equipped cop car drives past . . . . . . . burner
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Fri 29 Aug 14

A Darener says...

A valid insurance disc would be more helpful.
A valid insurance disc would be more helpful. A Darener
  • Score: 25

12:26pm Fri 29 Aug 14

POW WOW says...

A Darener wrote:
A valid insurance disc would be more helpful.
Just stick a barcode in windscreen and this will tell the authorities everything about the vehicle, permitted drivers and their medical history, DNA etc and if nothing genuine shows up then there goes the green light to put the vehicle in the scrapper making one less car on road for increased safety.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: A valid insurance disc would be more helpful.[/p][/quote]Just stick a barcode in windscreen and this will tell the authorities everything about the vehicle, permitted drivers and their medical history, DNA etc and if nothing genuine shows up then there goes the green light to put the vehicle in the scrapper making one less car on road for increased safety. POW WOW
  • Score: 6

1:26pm Fri 29 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

burner wrote:
Yorkshire Dave from gods county wrote:
So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road
You don't . . . . but if a suitably equipped cop car drives past . . . . . . .
.............but don't hold your breath!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Dave from gods county[/bold] wrote: So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road[/p][/quote]You don't . . . . but if a suitably equipped cop car drives past . . . . . . .[/p][/quote].............but don't hold your breath! onsidecobra
  • Score: 9

2:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

woolywords says...

burner wrote:
Yorkshire Dave from gods county wrote:
So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road
You don't . . . . but if a suitably equipped cop car drives past . . . . . . .
Blackburn has a very large white van, equipped with 4 APNR cameras, that regularly does the rounds in the Ewood area, usually early on Sat/Sun mornings.
There's a nice little earner going for someone, travelling behind the van with an hoist recovery vehicle!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Dave from gods county[/bold] wrote: So how can I shop someone for parking an untaxed vehicle on the road[/p][/quote]You don't . . . . but if a suitably equipped cop car drives past . . . . . . .[/p][/quote]Blackburn has a very large white van, equipped with 4 APNR cameras, that regularly does the rounds in the Ewood area, usually early on Sat/Sun mornings. There's a nice little earner going for someone, travelling behind the van with an hoist recovery vehicle! woolywords
  • Score: -1

2:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

burner says...

Seen that van in several locations.
Seen that van in several locations. burner
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Fri 29 Aug 14

maxcollie says...

They will be giving the " lets pretend I'm a copper lot" P.C.S.O's a mobile camera each so they can really be in charge.
They will be giving the " lets pretend I'm a copper lot" P.C.S.O's a mobile camera each so they can really be in charge. maxcollie
  • Score: 1

5:47pm Fri 29 Aug 14

doggydog says...

maxcollie wrote:
They will be giving the " lets pretend I'm a copper lot" P.C.S.O's a mobile camera each so they can really be in charge.
thats an excellent idea! I will put it forward to the powers that been and make sure they know were the idea came from. Well done!
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: They will be giving the " lets pretend I'm a copper lot" P.C.S.O's a mobile camera each so they can really be in charge.[/p][/quote]thats an excellent idea! I will put it forward to the powers that been and make sure they know were the idea came from. Well done! doggydog
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Angry From Accrington says...

I am sure that the majority of drivers in Blackburn will continue to refuse to pay road tax on religious grounds
I am sure that the majority of drivers in Blackburn will continue to refuse to pay road tax on religious grounds Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 10

10:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

pwitch says...

I dont think a lot of folk have realised that you only get the FULL MONTHS of rod tax back so if your car is sold at the beginning of the month you lose the rest of the cost for that month of course. You also have to tax a fresh car at once before you can drive it away - so it pays to buy the new car at the beginning of a month not near the end, or you will be paying one month of tax for just a few days use.
I dont think a lot of folk have realised that you only get the FULL MONTHS of rod tax back so if your car is sold at the beginning of the month you lose the rest of the cost for that month of course. You also have to tax a fresh car at once before you can drive it away - so it pays to buy the new car at the beginning of a month not near the end, or you will be paying one month of tax for just a few days use. pwitch
  • Score: 1

8:43am Sat 30 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

Why not do away with the road fund licence altogether and add a few pence tax to the cost of fuel ? That way those who use the roads the most, pay more for the dubious privilege of driving on our third-world standard carriageways.
Why not do away with the road fund licence altogether and add a few pence tax to the cost of fuel ? That way those who use the roads the most, pay more for the dubious privilege of driving on our third-world standard carriageways. Copperhead
  • Score: 13

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