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New Rules For Road Tax From October 2014

New Rules For Road Tax From October 2014

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New Rules For Road Tax From October 2014

The Government has confirmed that the demise of the tax disc will coincide with a range of new rules. To clarify, from October 1st 2014 no vehicle will be required to display a disc in its windscreen. Even valid discs that expire (say) in January 2015 will be superfluous. Why the change? Because discs are simply receipts that can be checked by the police to ensure vehicles are taxed. This is no longer necessary as compliance is enforced via a computer-based database. The Government has also revealed that motorists will be able to pay by direct debit annually, six-monthly or monthly. Those that pay by instalments will incur a five percent surcharge and payments will continue until cancelled. However, there will be some people that cannot pay in this manner such as those with first registration vehicles, in fleet schemes and with HGVs (paying the Road User Levy). And there will be more changes. Motorists that sell cars privately will no longer be entitled to offer the "unexpired tax" incentive that adds value. Why? Because the absence of discs could make it easier for sellers to misrepresent how much tax is remaining. So, sellers will have to claim refunds for remaining months from the DVLA. Buyers will then re-tax online, at post offices, or via the phone before taking to the road.

History Of The Tax Disc In The United Kingdom

The first tax disc appeared in 1921 as a circular piece of paper with a grey background and black markings. More colourful versions followed in 1923 which incorporated a vertical band of (say) green. These discs were not perforated so motorists had to cut them from their surroundings with scissors or craft knifes. Alternatively, some people folded the squares into a round shapes and shoehorned them into their mounts. Perforations followed in 1938 then vanished in 1942. They reappeared in 1952. This gap might have been caused by the destruction of the necessary equipment during World War 2. Furthermore, until this point every disc - irrespective of when it was issued &dash expired on December 31st. This was a nightmare for the issuers that were inundated with applications over festive periods. Mercifully, from 1961 drivers could pay for a twelve month disc at any point of the year. This coincided with rigorous anti-forging measures that included circular vignettes (designs), bands of colour plus the half-tone background.

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Stephen Turvil
By Stephen Turvil
Mon, 10 Mar 2014
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Avatar 27/08/2014 17:18:59
gary edwards Commented:
will we still get reminders
Avatar 27/08/2014 12:55:56
Fed Up Commented:
@Professional Driver I don't think people who clone plates will be queuing up at Halfords with relevant docs, there are many ways of getting plates made without any docs still, or simply pinch plates of off another similar car. The same rogues will still get away with it with this system. They were talking about chipping the plates - might be a bit more secure.
Avatar 18/08/2014 15:15:57
Lee leigh Commented:
the politicians are lying on their backs kicking their legs in the air laughing They don't give a toss
Avatar 17/08/2014 14:33:30
David Hayman Commented:
This new way of not being able to sell any remaining tax months on and having to apply for a refund while the new owner applies for a new tax means that the thieving government will, potentially,now get 14 months revenue as you only get refunds on every complete months and the new owner has to apply from the first of any month.
Avatar 17/08/2014 13:19:07
Yet anonther cashcow Commented:
In response to cashcows comment, yes we need an uprising of some sort. Other countries are held under a violent regime of dictation, and our government say it is right to topple those from dictators. So why has no one saved us, as we are living under a financial regime of dictation. We are stolen from every single days of our lives. England is on its knees, No production, relying on imports to keep us afloat. Foreigner's exporting money out of the country, a false economy created by landlords buying cheap properties. Our country is run by crooks. Its a job and they know they wont be doing it soon so they take and we give let the people rise lets take our country back before they sink it. birish 66 @ g mail . com
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