Road Tax Disc To Be Scrapped

Don’t get too carried away by the title of this article, I’m afraid to say you will still have to pay Road Tax.  But it’s widely expected that today (05/12/2013) The Chancellor George Osborne will announce that the Road Tax disc will be scrapped from motorists windscreens from October 2014.

Road Tax Disc To Be Scrapped

Road Tax Disc To Be Scrapped

What Does This Mean To You?

The new system should make motorists life a little easier and in some cases save you money!

It’s expected that motorists will be directed towards renewing their road tax disc solely online, rather than the traditional method of visiting the local post office.

Half year road tax discs will no longer be issued with a 10% surcharge, under the new changes this will be reduced to 5%.  The major benefit will be the confirmation that motorists will now be able to pay for their Vehicle Excise Duty on a monthly basis via direct debit.

Why Make The Change Now?

The Road Tax disc has been around for nearly 100 years now, so why get rid of it now?  Well as technology has advanced visual checks on road tax discs made by police officers has dropped by 75% in the past five years.  This is due to the introduction of the electronic vehicle register which allows police and the DVLA to see whether a vehicle is taxed and insured.  It can also give a description of what the driver should look like.

Although this news has apparently been welcomed by the police and the Post Office, I imagine sub-postmasters will not be so welcoming due to the regular foot fall the current process produces.

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  • I have worked within the motor finance industry since 1999, in this time I have worked in a number of different roles covering most vehicle funding methods. Since 2004 I have focused on web based sales of contract hire and contract purchase agreements to both personal and business users. My general day to day role involves managing and updating all of the companies advertising, sourcing new stock and negotiating terms with the manufactors and finance houses. I am constantly looking at new ways to gain customers and enhance our customers experience. Specialties: Business 2 Business sales, internet/phone based sales, marketing, internet advertising, social media, email campaigns and customer service.

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  • Adrian

    About time, number plate next, one plate for life.

    • David Moffatt

      Totally agree Adrian. Thanks for commenting!

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