The tax disc – otherwise known as Vehicle Excise Duty – will cease to exist in paper form from October 1, in favour of a new electronic system.
The move comes as the government look to streamline processes and save money on services, claiming that within three years the move will save an estimated £2m a year in administrative costs.
Number plate recognition cameras which track each vehicle on the road will catch anyone who hasn’t registered for tax.
New vehicle buyers are likely to be most affected by the change; they can no longer expect to automatically benefit from months left on the tax disc upon purchase, with vehicle tax no longer being transferred with the vehicle. However, if you do sell a vehicle after 1 October and you have notified the DVLA, drivers will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
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