I read this on the site linked at the bottom.
"I thought I would put this on from today’s paper, for information, as I have not heard
about it neither, and even after reading it I still don’t know how we will be able to renew
our road tax.
Paper tax discs will vanish from cars in less than six weeks-but half of drivers are unaware.
The discs will be abolished from October 1st and replaced by electronic records.
Police cameras will check number plates to catch owners who have not paid.
However, a survey found that 50% of drivers are still in the dark about when the changes
kick in. Nearly a third of them said they will not even try to find out what the new rules are,
according to the poll by price comparison website money.co.uk.
And 6% of motorists believe that the changes are not coming into force until next year.
Almost a third of those polled said they will wait for instructions from the Driver and Vehicle
Licensing Agency. But the comparison website claims that the DVLA has not yet started adding
warnings to tax renewal reminders.
The move away from paper discs, after 93 years, is designed to offer motorists more flexible
payment options (you believe that you will believe anything, why don’t they give us the
truth it’s to do with saving money and not for you only for them) and make it harder for
people to drive untaxed.
Estimates show that the changes could save the taxpayer £10 million a year. Car owners will
still need to have paid vehicle tax to drive on the roads. But under the new system, the tax will
no longer be automatically transferred with the car when it is sold.
Sellers are expected to tell the DVLA straight away of the change of ownership or face £1.000 fines.
(see money money money)
Shane Teskey, from vehicle history check website hpicheck.com, said: ‘Those who fail to inform the
DVLA, could be fined and they will still be liable for any speeding or parking fines and vehicle tax for
a car they don’t even own anymore.’
Around 53% of drivers said they would use the new option of paying by direct debit, according to the
survey. Those choosing to spread the cost by paying twice a year or monthly will incur a 5% additional
However this is half of the 10% surcharge currently applied to six-month tax discs, used by 23% of
drivers. Motorists can also pay annually with no extra cost under the new system.
Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief of money.co.uk, said: ‘Changes to the vehicle tax system are no
bad thing and we fully welcome the introduction of direct debit payments, particularly for consumers
who may be struggling to keep up with the soaring cost of driving.
‘It will also help to eliminate the problem of people who genuinely forget to renew their tax and end
up being stung with a hefty fine. (load of rubbish)
‘However, I suspect the new system may experience some teething troubles (they hope more money)
so drivers really need to make sure they’re on top of their game.’
The death of the tax disc has been well documented, (really!) and the change was officially announced
in last year’s Autumn Statement.
Automatic number plate recognition cameras will spot motorists who have not paid the tax.
(but I thought these cameras could spot out of date discs any way).
More than 1.7 billion tax discs have been issued since 1921. Last year, the DVLA issued 42.2 million of them.