YOUR TAX DISC’S DAYS ARE OVER
After almost a century of use, the paper tax disc was abolished from October 1 st 2014. But what does that mean for you? Well, below you’ll find a useful summary of the key points you need to be aware of.
How will the abolition of tax discs affect me?
From now on you won’t have to display a road tax disc in the windscreen of your vehicle, whether it’s a car, van, motorcycle, bus or heavy goods vehicle. Instead, the DVLA and the Police will rely on an electronic register to check if your vehicle is taxed.
If you’ve got a vehicle that’s tax-exempt, nothing will change: except you won’t be issued with a paper tax disc to display.
What will change for New Car Registrations?
The DVLA stopped printing tax discs from 30 September 2014. So if your vehicle was registered on that day, you’ll have a tax disc sent out in the post to you. But you don’t need to display it and you can safely destroy it as soon as it’s delivered.
What if I want to sell my vehicle?
If you’re selling your vehicle privately, the procedure remains the same. The V5C Log Book is proof of registration and when a vehicle is sold, the V5C/2 New Keeper Supplement, section 6, should be completed with the new owner’s details, signed and posted to
the DVLA Swansea, SA99 1BA.
When the DVLA receive the V5 document, they’ll stop the tax on the vehicle and refund you, the seller, for any remaining tax.
NB. The new rules mean that, as the seller, you must inform the DVLA of any changes of ownership immediately. Otherwise, you could still be held liable for the vehicle and face a £1,000 fine.
What if I am buying a car privately?
As the new owner, you’re responsible for re-taxing the car. Importantly, you’ll have to arrange new vehicle tax immediately, at the point of sale, to be able to drive the vehicle away.
The DVLA have set up a unique phone line, so people can register their new vehicles 24 hours a day. The number is 0300 123 4321.
Alternatively, you can visit your local Post Office to get your vehicle taxed.
Will I still get a reminder to renew my tax?
Yes. The DVLA will continue to send tax reminders through the post. And you’ll still need to apply for vehicle tax when the time comes, either for 6 or 12 months.
How will I know if a vehicle has been taxed?
Anyone can check whether any vehicle has been taxed, by using the DVLA’s Vehicle Enquiry System at vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk
If you’ve got any questions, or need more information about the abolition of tax discs, please visit the DVLA site at: gov.uk/dvla/nomoretaxdisc