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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 30/10/2014 12:00:44
Bob ---------------------- Commented:
When buying a used car it means that the car is taxed twice in the month that you buy it.You should be able to use the remainder of the tax in the month that you buy it because how can you legally drive it home on the day you buy it.Insurance can be done over the phone
Avatar 24/10/2014 11:59:07
mick crawford Commented:
the new way to tax vehicles already has a serious flaw.you can tax a vehicle that is not in your name with the v11 tax reminder as the data base only shows that the vehicle is insured and motd,if required, and not the driver/owners name who is taxing the vehicle or indeed insured for the vehicle that is being taxed.a step backwards I think.
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Fred Jackson Commented:
Here we go again, this is yet another CON by these rubbish CONservatives, who actually believe what they say that they're a caring Government. All this new Tax Disc legislation does is take yet more money from our vastly eroded pay, due to the so called control of our pay rises-which has been proved over the years to have failed dramatically, and put yet more money into the Governments pockets. This also constricts the movement of second hand cars due to the tax being invalid as soon as the car is passed onto the new owner by the V5 showing the change of ownership. It's bad enough that we have to keep our cars ensured whilst they're still taxed, even when they're parked in a private driveway or on private land. This strangling the so called rising economy because the working population has even less money to spend than before due to this COMPLETELY STUPID new Road Tax, and also the strangle hold on our pay rises.
Avatar 21/10/2014 20:56:05
TERENCE REILLY Commented:
My daughter was told by the DVLC that anyone showing a tax disc after six weeks could be fined up to 1000. Surely this cannot be right? It hasn't been mentioned on any media.
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