Vehicle tax discs to be abolished from October

Vehicle tax discs to be abolished from October

Since 1921 it has been a legal requirement to display the traditional paper tax on the windscreens of motor vehicles in the UK. Since their inception over 1.7 billion tax discs have been issued however after 93 years they will now disappear.

Motorists will still need to pay for their vehicle tax but displaying a paper disc will no longer be a legal requirement. Although these changes take place in 5 weeks only 50% of UK drivers are aware of them.

Abolishing the UK tax disc will save the tax payer an estimated £10 million every year as well as saving the DVLA £7 million on printing and postage.

Warning to Motorists

Car owners have a responsibility to notify the DVLA immediately of any change in ownership as they are still liable to penalty charges for a vehicle they no longer own. If the DVLA haven’t been notified of a change in ownership and the tax on the vehicle runs out the previous owner could face a £1000 fine in addition to penalty charges.

Purchasing a used vehicle will no longer come with road tax. The previous owner will be entitled to a refund of any vehicle tax outstanding when they inform the DVLA of the sale.

Benefits to Motorists

Car owners can now pay for vehicle tax via Direct Debit however paying twice a year or monthly will result in a five percent additional charge. Currently a ten percent additional charge is applied to motorists who purchase a 6 month tax disc.

Renewal reminders will still be sent to motorists and they may check the status of any vehicle tax by visiting the DVLA’s Vehicle Enquiry System – www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/.

The DVLA and police will continue to use tools such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and vehicle databases to enforce against those who fail to pay vehicle tax. This method has proven to be an effective way of establishing if vehicle tax has been paid.

It is likely that an untaxed vehicle will be an uninsured vehicle and in some cases not roadworthy. Using ANPR and vehicle databases will reduce the number of these untaxed vehicles making UK roads safer.

Many road users are unaware that claims for compensation can be made if involved in an accident with an uninsured or untraced driver. Compensation claims for the innocent road user can be made against the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB).

Michael Lewin Solicitors have helped thousands of innocent people secure compensation from the MIB after being involved in an accident with an uninsured or untraced driver.

If you have been injured as a result of a road traffic accident we will pursue your right for compensation. Read more on the road traffic accident section of our website  and email us at rta@michaellewin.co.uk if you have any questions about making a claim.

Article written by Manpreet Bhambra

 

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