From 1 October the tax disc is history. But, don’t start celebrating, you may no longer have to display that round piece of paper in the windscreen of your Mercedes-Benz but you still have to pay tax.
The tax disc in the UK, or vehicle excise duty licence, has been made redundant by digital technology and automatic number plate recognition systems.
Many motorists are unaware of the changes and could face a fine of up to £1,000 if they drive an untaxed vehicle. This quick guide will tell you the key things you need to know about the new car tax system and how to keep on the right side of the law:
Q – Do I need to display my tax disc after 1 October?
A – No, even if your tax disc expires well after this date, it can be thrown away
Q – Will I still receive reminders from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)?
A – Yes, the DVLA will send you a V11 renewal reminder when your tax is due to expire
Q – What happens when I buy a car?
A – When you buy a vehicle, the tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to tax the vehicle before you can use it
Q – What happens when I sell a car?
A – If you sell a vehicle and you have notified the DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left
Q – How do I pay for my car tax in future?
A – You can still do this at a post office, by calling 0300 123 4321 or online at www.gov.uk/tax-disc. It is now also possible to set up a direct debit
Lastly, think twice before tearing up your old tax disc. One example from 1921, the year discs were introduced, sold recently for more than £800. The very final ones issued have been printed on plain paper (the DVLA ran out of perforated stock) and will also be sought after by collectors.